On Dec. 13, 2018, a random student let a high school student in via a side door, allowing that student to avoid the metal detectors at the main entrance and bring in a loaded BB gun. As a result, alarms were added to about 30 doors at the campus over winter break.
The Los Angeles School Police Department said Friday it planned to station an officer at each middle and high school campus during the strike.
“We do not have lockers; our students carry book bags. We have a clear book bag policy that all students must have book bags that are clear and or transparent," Principal Dr. Kimberly Ingram said.
The metal detectors are currently being tested in the main lobby, but were previously found to be “very effective” in the emergency department, according to John Bolde, director of safety and security for Munson Healthcare.
"At no time was the safety of our students or staff in jeopardy, as the weapon was unloaded and quickly recovered," Superintendent Linda Rozzi said. "It was determined that the item was unattended for a very brief time."
The student was arrested and the Department of Juvenile Justice will handle the charges.
“We want staff to feel safe and supported when they come to work,” said Dame Eileen Sills, chief nurse at Guy’s and St Thomas’s. “Any unprovoked violence and aggression towards staff is unacceptable.”
New security measures are in place at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools this year, following the Oct. 29, 2018, shooting of a student at Butler High School.
Campus Security & Life Safety takes a look back at the trending security measures on campuses in 2018.
- By Jessica Davis, Sydny Shepard
The more tools that students can use to alert authorities of potential violence, the better, according to Bay District Schools Chief of Safety and Security Mike Jones.