2 Gardena High students arrested after school shooting incident
Two Gardena High School students have been arrested for allegedly aiding a classmate who brought a gun to school Tuesday that discharged, injuring two, police say.
The two students allegedly helped the classmate hide after the gun accidentally went off in a classroom, according to a law-enforcement source. The 17-year-old who brought the gun to school hid for about an hour after the gun discharged. He was then taken into custody. The source said those arrested were 15 and 16 years old.
Tim Anderson, deputy chief of the Los Angeles School Police Department, confirmed the arrests but would not provide details.
Incoming LAUSD Supt. John Deasy said earlier that Garden High School had violated school-district policy because it did not conduct random weapons searches every day.
Deasy said a review by district administrators showed school-district policy required random weapons searches daily.
At Gardena High School, Deasy said, "that did not occur."
"I can't tell you that that would have discovered this individual," he said, but the district will be interviewing staff responsible for security at the school to determine why the policy was not being followed.
Deasy made the comments outside the high school before a meeting with parents on Wednesday morning. School and district administrators were to discuss Tuesday's shooting, the condition of the wounded students and security at the school, among other topics.
On Wednesday morning, staff members searched backpacks and scanned many students with metal detectors as they entered the school gates. A long line of students snaked a few hundred feet outside the school, moving slowly before the morning bell rang.
Students said that before Tuesday's shooting, weapons checks rarely took place, though school officials would routinely screen students for dress-code violations, such as low-cut shirts.
Cortney Hullaby, an 11th-grader, said that last week one of her teachers asked students if they felt safe in any of their classes.
"I said no, because you never know what someone has in their backpack," she said, "So I don't trust anyone."
-- Andrew Blankstein and Tony Barboza