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February 23, 1993 | JOHN M. GLIONNA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dimitri Vadetsky waved a meaty, muscular hand toward the tree-shaded campus at Reseda High School and spoke sternly--a tone befitting his job as assistant principal: "I defy you to find . . . one hair out of place. We're so proud of this school. That's why this shooting doesn't make sense. It just doesn't." The 59-year-old Vadetsky is a symbol of this San Fernando Valley high school. He's proud to a fault.
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May 30, 2001 | JOE MATHEWS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
"Would it be all right if I asked you to empty your pockets?" Mike Summe, Belmont High School's dean of discipline, asks in his sweetest voice. The four students Summe faces--three freshmen and a sophomore--don't hesitate. They already know the drill. Spread your legs slightly. Extend your arms out at the shoulder. And wait as Summe waves the metal detecting wand over you, looking for guns. They know he won't find anything.
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January 19, 1987 | SCOTT HARRIS, Times Staff Writer and
The night before, an alarm went off at a school in the San Fernando Valley. Two burglars were caught trying to break in through the roof. For the officers who protect Los Angeles public schools, this ranked as a routine matter. Something else happened that night--a gang murder in the central city. Although Los Angeles police handled the homicide, it was a priority for school police as well.
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July 25, 2000 | LOUIS SAHAGUN, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Los Angeles school officials are planning to provide overnight shelter for as many as 2,000 pre-kindergarten and elementary school children who attend campuses near Staples Center in the event of disruptive protests during the Democratic National Convention.
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February 23, 1993 | DAVID COLKER and SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 17-year-old student was shot and killed at Reseda High School by a 15-year-old classmate Monday as a dozen teen-agers looked on, the second time in a month that a student has been gunned down on a Los Angeles Unified School District campus, authorities said. The shooting came less than three weeks after the district launched an unprecedented program of random metal-detector spot checks for weapons in the nation's second-largest school system.
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January 23, 1993 | STEPHANIE CHAVEZ, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
In the 1960s Fairfax High School was riding high on an academic pinnacle, a proud reflection of a community where students packed advanced placement classes, enriched their studies with drama and music productions and then surged on to college. In January, 1993, the school remains a microcosm of the community--one that has dramatically changed and reflects the myriad disturbing issues confronting public education in Los Angeles.
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May 4, 1998 | DANIEL YI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Tristan Keller is afraid to go to school. The seventh-grader at John Burroughs Middle School in Hancock Park was so severely beaten by a classmate that he suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome, according to his doctor. He says he has nightmares about getting killed should he return. His mother is also afraid--and angry. Janet Keller, along with several students, says two teachers at John Burroughs witnessed her son being beaten and took no steps to stop it.
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September 12, 1999 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to keep violence from marring the new school year, President Clinton on Saturday announced $106 million in grants to local school systems--including those in Los Angeles and Riverside--for programs that would help students deal with stress and anger. Two other California school districts--in San Luis Obispo and San Francisco--were among those in 54 communities selected for federal aid. Together, the California systems will receive about $9 million. Federal education officials said the $2.
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February 11, 1994 | JOSH MEYER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The mother of a Reseda High School senior shot to death in a school hallway sued the Los Angeles Unified School District on Thursday, alleging that district officials ignored warnings about campus violence and failed to protect students. Margaret Ensley alleged in the suit that her son, Michael Ensley, was killed Feb. 22, 1993, in part because district officials failed to follow their own recommendations about bolstering safety.
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April 1, 1993 | JERRY GILLAM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Assembly committee Wednesday approved a bill to allocate $1.5 million in federal funds to pay for metal detectors on Los Angeles junior high and high school campuses. A 12-3 vote sent the measure, sponsored by Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar), from the Education Committee to the Ways and Means Committee for more discussion.
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September 12, 1999 | RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Trying to keep violence from marring the new school year, President Clinton on Saturday announced $106 million in grants to local school systems--including those in Los Angeles and Riverside--for programs that would help students deal with stress and anger. Two other California school districts--in San Luis Obispo and San Francisco--were among those in 54 communities selected for federal aid. Together, the California systems will receive about $9 million. Federal education officials said the $2.
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September 2, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even when Los Angeles city schools have police protection, conflict resolution programs and active parent groups, campuses need to make better use of such resources if they are to remain safe, according to the results of a study released Wednesday.
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September 2, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Although Los Angeles schools have police protection, conflict-resolution programs and active parent groups, campuses need to make better use of these resources if they are to remain safe, according to results of a study released Wednesday.
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August 13, 1999
Los Angeles schools Supt. Ruben Zacarias sought to assure San Fernando Valley parents Thursday that district campuses are safe in spite of the attack this week at the North Valley Jewish Community Center. "The schools are safe," Zacarias told the 70 parents, educators and others gathered at Porter Middle School, citing the presence of on-campus police and other measures designed to reduce the risk of violence.
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July 10, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Amid protests from parents and a state senator, Los Angeles school officials say they are considering scrapping the newly imposed year-round calendar at the campus where the principal was beaten, allegedly by anti-white assailants. Los Angeles Unified School District officials said they have taken extra care to listen to parents in the wake of February's attack at Burton Elementary School, and that such a reversal--while extremely rare--would be worthwhile if it could stem ongoing tensions.
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June 30, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relatively simple measures such as requiring see-through backpacks, praising teens more for what they do right or adding patrol cars to neighborhoods before and after school might prevent school violence, a safe-schools task force was told Tuesday. Those suggestions came from among 50 or so Los Angeles-area community advocates, teachers, parents, students, police officers and campus administrators who spent the morning brainstorming at the Van Nuys State Building.
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April 9, 1993 | SANDY BANKS, TIMES EDUCATION WRITER
Outside the LAPD's 77th Street Division station Thursday, city workers were laying down lines of yellow masking tape, marking parking spots on the street for the police vehicles that will congregate if violence follows the verdicts in the Rodney G. King civil rights trial. But a short distance away, at 75th Street Elementary School, students were making their own, more hopeful preparations, tying red, white and blue balloons to the chain-link fence and singing songs of peace and unity.
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December 17, 1993 | SUSAN BYRNES and HENRY CHU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Chatsworth High School, a place where no one had ever been shot, boasted a multitude of safeguards. Administrators regularly conducted random weapons searches with hand-held metal detectors. Workers erected a chain-link fence around the school over the summer to keep strangers out and students in. Stringent attendance and tardiness policies discouraged youths from scooting off campus or dawdling in hallways.
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June 30, 1999 | KRISTINA SAUERWEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Relatively simple measures such as requiring see-through backpacks, praising teenagers more for what they do right or adding patrol cars to neighborhoods before and after school might prevent school violence, a task force on safe schools was told Tuesday. Those suggestions came from among 50 or so Los Angeles-area community advocates, teachers, parents, students, police officers and campus administrators who spent Tuesday morning brainstorming at the Van Nuys State Building.
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April 27, 1999 | KURT STREETER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Telephones were crucial lifelines during the Columbine High School shooting tragedy, linking students and teachers with police and parents. But if such a crisis were to arise at a California public school, they likely would play a smaller role. Not only are student cellular phones banned on campus by state law, but public school teachers, officials and state legislators say most classrooms lack a phone that would connect teachers directly with the outside world in case of an emergency.
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