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Don’t come to locked-down campuses, LAUSD tells parents

January 19, 2011 |  2:24 pm

Parents of students at the nine LAUSD schools that remain on lockdown Wednesday as police search for a suspected gunman are being told not to pick up their children until they received word from the schools.

El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills posted a message on their website: "Please do not come to ECR to pick up your children. The incident happened off-campus and the lock-down mode is a standard precaution to secure the campus. All the students are fine and safe."

And at Pomelo Elementary, school officials sent an alert telling parents that "no personnel, parents or students are allowed access to the campus at this time."

Standing outside the police perimeter Wednesday afternoon was Melissa Warga, of Woodland Hills, whose 15-year-old daughter is a freshman at El Camino High and whose 8-year-old son is a third-grader at Woodlake Elementary School, which was also on lock down.

Between the Gardena High School shooting Tuesday and what happened Wednesday near El Camino High, Warga said she was scared and confused.

“There’s something about what’s happening now that has to stop. Kids can't even go to school to get an education," she said. "I’m so numb that my kids are enduring what they’re enduring.”

She said she had talked to her daughter by cellphone and the girl was "hot and tired and hungry."

“It’s so scary," Warga said. "It's a sign of the times. Every day is worse and worse. You think they’re somewhat safe in their school and this is what happens."

The suspected gunman fled on foot after shooting the school police officer in the chest on the east side of the high school shortly before noon.

The Los Angeles Police Department set up a massive perimeter that stretched for dozens of blocks -- the Ventura Freeway on the south, Woodlake Avenue to the east, Valley Circle Boulevard on the west and Burbank Boulevard on the north.


Several schools on lockdown in wake of shooting near El Camino Real High

Officers search for gunman in shooting outside El Camino Real High School

LAUSD police officer shot near El Camino Real High School

-- Bob Pool in Woodland Hills

Interactive map: Shows location of police perimeter, schools on lockdown and other sites related to the shooting outside El Camino Real High School. Credit: Los Angeles Times