Three Toll Junior High School students who police say are gang members were suspended last week after being charged with felony assault in the beating of a 13-year-old student who was walking home after school.
The attack was the latest incident in a wave of gang violence that has hit the Glendale school system this year. Last month, Hoover High School, across the street from Toll, sealed off its campus to outsiders and increased security in response to two gang-related incidents involving non-students.
"There's no question that gang activity in Glendale has increased dramatically," said Toll Vice Principal Tom Vessella. "It's no longer a school problem. It's become a problem for the entire community."
As a result of last week's assault, two 13-year-olds and one 14-year-old were suspended pending pre-expulsion hearings, Vessella said. The victim, Eric Nazarian, 13, was treated for severe cuts and bruises to his face and body at Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles on Oct. 18, police reports said.