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Anxious students undergo weapons search at Gardena High

January 19, 2011 |  9:00 am

Nervous students waited in a long line at Gardena High School on Wednesday morning while police officers checked their backpacks and purses for weapons before allowing them on campus.

Most students were anxious about going back into classrooms a day after a gun inside a backpack discharged and wounded two students, one critically.

"The bus today was totally empty. A lot of kids were scared to come," said senior Trenika Richard, 18, who was in the classroom where the student who allegedly brought the gun to school was apprehended. "I'm scared, nervous. But I got to get my education."

For many students, fear was mixed with anger and confusion as they noted that the school rarely, if ever, searched bags or checked bags with electronic wands.

Jesus Sanchez, 17, was in the classroom Tuesday when the gun went off. He said at first he thought a book had been dropped, but then he saw blood.

"They don't really enforce" the wanding system, he said. "They do not check or nothing. I feel scared, but we can't do nothing."

Kenia Crespo, 15, said her parents talked about switching her to another school and asked her to stay home Wednesday.

"We don't know what's going on," she said, adding that she decided to go to school to be near friends. "This shouldn't have happened. Hopefully, they'll do a better job keeping us safe today."


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Photo: Students go through a security checkpoint at Gardena High School one day after two students were injured by gunfire. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times