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Students pour out of El Camino Real High after lockdown

As darkness fell on Woodland Hills, thousands of students poured out of El Camino Real High School, which had been locked down since shortly before noon after an officer was shot by a gunman.

Parents waited anxiously and many said there was confusion during the day about where and how the students would be released.

Shortly before 6 p.m., Maria Gomez broke into a smile as she saw her four children appear on the street in front of the school.

"I feel relieved," she said, adding that the ordeal was "scary" because the shooting occurred so close to school.

Her daughter Alisa, 16, said she spent the day in her chemistry class watching an Indiana Jones movie with the other students. "I feel like I've been there two days," she said.

She wasn't planning on returning too soon.  "I'm not going back to school tomorrow," she said.

As Gomez ushered her children into the family SUV, they were all looking forward to enjoying a barbecued rib dinner.

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--Ching-Ching Ni at El Camino Real High School

 
Comments () | Archives (6)

Question this is not something new just a couple of decades later. When there were guns presented in the inner city schools in the later 80's and 90's did they receive as much publicity? So as I ask again other than me being be an adult what has really changed..... Or are you just keeping us mindful of the possibility of the dangers of the school system.

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I was at el camino during the lockdown we were not fed nor were we allowed to use the restroom. It was bad but wonderful teachers made us feel safe so if we would have had food and bathrooms it would have been a much easier and calmer experience.

I agree with the person who posted the following comment. This is nothing new .

Question this is not something new just a couple of decades later. When there were guns presented in the inner city schools in the later 80's and 90's did they receive as much publicity? So as I ask again other than me being be an adult what has really changed..... Or are you just keeping us mindful of the possibility of the dangers of the school system.

I live just east of El Camino. Supposedly, when the high school students were released, they were supposed to be kept out of the search area, either being picked up on Valley Circle, or walking south on Valley Circle to the McDonalds to be reunited with their parents. Instead, having been locked inside my house all day, I was shocked to see cars full of students flying by - eastward on Mariano, and then astounded to see students WALKING HOME straight into the area being searched for the gunman! I was appaled that many of the students I spoke to had been told by teachers and police to simply 'go home'. If the goal was to keep the students out of harm's way, the perimeter of the school should have been guarded, permitting the students to leave only via Valley Circle. The release of students from the high school was handled very poorly.

Interesting that there were 350 officers, tons of police cars, in Woodland Hills. Not Sun Valley or Pacoima and certainly not Buena Park where a student was actually shot across the street from the high school campus. What was the big fuss about the LAPD school officer? He had a bullet proof vest! This was absolutely exaggerated, probably generated by the snooty residence surrounding ElCo.


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