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Seal Beach shooting: 'Business as usual' at local school

October 13, 2011 | 10:11 am

Seal Beach shooting flowers

At McGaugh Elementary School in Seal Beach, officials handed out fliers Thursday to parents the day after a shooting at a local hair salon that left eight dead and one wounded.

The flier had the Seal Beach Police Department's phone number on it in case anyone had any questions or information. The son of shooting suspect Scott Evans Dekraai, who was in a custody dispute with his ex-wife, reportedly attends the school.

Full coverage: Deadly shooting at Seal Beach beauty salon

McGaugh parent Chris Partlow, who owns a wine bar on Main Street a few blocks from school, said that other than one police unit at the school Wednesday, it was business as usual."

He said a "crisis unit" was on campus Thursday, but parents were waiting to hear from the principal.

Partlow said school officials sent a phone message to parents and students, saying they would look after the "needs of students."

"I had to tell my kids, to the best of my ability, what happened. ... (I) sat them down, we said a prayer and had a moment of silence as a family," Partlow said.

He said the children did not seem visibly shaken or different going to school Thursday, but parents were talking about what happened.


Photos: Seal Beach shooting

Makeshift memorial set up at scene

Witness says of gunman: 'Anybody he saw he was shooting'

-- Lauren Williams in Seal Beach

Photo: Flowers and a poem are left at the door of Salon Meritage in Seal Beach on Thursday after eight people were shot to death and a ninth wounded. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times