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June 15, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burglars vandalized Olive Vista Junior High School this week and stole an $8,000 sound system that students had purchased with funds they raised by selling candy. It was the latest in a series of break-ins by thieves and vandals at San Fernando Valley schools. When students and teachers arrived at the school at Tyler Street and Borden Avenue in Sylmar Wednesday morning, they found television sets, telephones and tape recorders stolen, Assistant Principal John McLaughlin said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1991 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Burglars vandalized Olive Vista Junior High School this week and stole an $8,000 sound system that students had purchased with funds they raised by selling candy. It was the latest in a series of break-ins by thieves and vandals at San Fernando Valley schools. When students and teachers arrived at the school at Tyler Street and Borden Avenue in Sylmar Wednesday morning, they found television sets, telephones and tape recorders stolen, Assistant Principal John McLaughlin said.
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March 10, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
A Sylmar Juvenile Court referee refused to release from custody Thursday a ninth-grader accused of stabbing his English teacher, saying the student had planned the attack, showed the knife to other students and told them what he was going to do. "Several students had been told that he was going to stab the teacher ahead of time. They didn't believe him," said Referee Lloyd Jeffrey Wiatt at an arraignment hearing for the 15-year-old.
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March 11, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
Olive Vista Junior High faculty members met with school officials for an hour Friday to demand better security and more district support following this week's stabbing of a teacher and student brawls on the Sylmar campus. "We needed to express our feelings; there has been a lot of tension," said Roberta Bernstein, a counselor and school representative of the teachers union. "People needed to know they are going to be supported by the administration . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1989
In May of 1985 I was a high school senior in Calabasas just turning 18, from a good family with a lawyer for a father. In June I graduated and on the night of graduation, I was involved in a fight at my grad party. Rumors were spread and the next day, I was thrown out of my home, humiliated in front of my family and friends. Enraged and suicidal, I drove to a local shooting range to rent a handgun. I wanted to kill myself.
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March 11, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
Olive Vista Junior High faculty members met with school officials for an hour Friday to demand better security and more district support following this week's stabbing of a teacher and student brawls on the Sylmar campus. "We needed to express our feelings; there has been a lot of tension," said Roberta Bernstein, a counselor and school representative of the teachers union. "People needed to know they are going to be supported by the administration . . .
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 1986
The Los Angeles Board of Education has posted a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the arsonist who set a fire at Olive Vista Junior High School, causing $100,000 in damage. The May 10 fire, in a building housing a computer room, counseling center and administrative offices, destroyed the small counseling rooms. Principal Floyd Manning said the fire also threatened grade records of the school's 1,600 students but that about 98% of the files were undamaged.
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March 14, 1989
Los Angeles Unified School District police chased and arrested three suspected gang members Monday after a drive-by shooting near Sylmar High School in which no one was injured, police said. A fourth suspect escaped on foot, authorities said. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman said school police saw gunshots fired from the car as it drove along Borden Street about 2:30 p.m. between the high school and nearby Olive Vista Junior High School.
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May 4, 1989
A 15-year-old Pacoima youth admitted Wednesday that he stabbed a teacher in the back in front of an Olive Vista Junior High School class. He faces up to eight years in a juvenile facility. The thin, soft spoken ninth-grader was charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a school employee in the March 6 attack on English teacher Cynthia Edwards, 37, of Palmdale. Edwards had called the boy to the front of the Sylmar school classroom after he disturbed other students discussing Homer's "The Odyssey" by using profanity in an argument with another student.
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July 20, 1988
Los Angeles Police Chief Daryl F. Gates on Tuesday endorsed a proposed law to require public schools to adopt plans for safeguarding students from gangs, drugs and violence on campus. Gates gave his support to the Safe Schools Act while standing in front of a Sylmar school where two students were injured in a drive-by shooting in May. "I think safety conditions are getting better, but they are still deplorable" in Los Angeles schools, Gates said. "We are not providing a safe environment."
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March 10, 1989 | MICHAEL CONNELLY, Times Staff Writer
A Sylmar Juvenile Court referee refused to release from custody Thursday a ninth-grader accused of stabbing his English teacher, saying the student had planned the attack, showed the knife to other students and told them what he was going to do. "Several students had been told that he was going to stab the teacher ahead of time. They didn't believe him," said Referee Lloyd Jeffrey Wiatt at an arraignment hearing for the 15-year-old.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 8, 1989
In May of 1985 I was a high school senior in Calabasas just turning 18, from a good family with a lawyer for a father. In June I graduated and on the night of graduation, I was involved in a fight at my grad party. Rumors were spread and the next day, I was thrown out of my home, humiliated in front of my family and friends. Enraged and suicidal, I drove to a local shooting range to rent a handgun. I wanted to kill myself.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1989
A ninth-grader accused of stabbing his English teacher at a Sylmar junior high school was charged Wednesday with assault with a deadly weapon on a school employee, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office said. The 15-year-old Pacoima youth, who was not identified, is scheduled to be arraigned today in Sylmar Juvenile Court, said Deputy District Atty. Michelle Rosenblatt.
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May 4, 1988
Two boys walking home from a Sylmar junior high school were shot and two teen-age brothers were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder Tuesday in a drive-by shooting that authorities said may have been triggered by a gang grudge. Ninth-graders Francisco Plascencia and Hugo Lopez, both 14, were wounded when a hail of bullets was fired from a car into a group of students leaving the Olive Vista Junior High School campus, Los Angeles police said.
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