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May 28, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Rolando Zaragoza, 21, was 15 years old when he came to the United States, enrolled in an Oxnard school and first heard the term " Oaxaquita. " Little Oaxacan, it means - and it was not used kindly. "Sometimes I didn't want to go to school," he said. "Sometimes I stayed to fight. " "It kind of seemed that being from Oaxaca was something bad," said Israel Vasquez, 23, who shared the same mocking, "just the way people use ' Oaxaquita ' to refer to anyone who is short and has dark skin.
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May 28, 2012 | By Paloma Esquivel, Los Angeles Times
Rolando Zaragoza, 21, was 15 years old when he came to the United States, enrolled in an Oxnard school and first heard the term " Oaxaquita. " Little Oaxacan, it means - and it was not used kindly. "Sometimes I didn't want to go to school," he said. "Sometimes I stayed to fight. " "It kind of seemed that being from Oaxaca was something bad," said Israel Vasquez, 23, who shared the same mocking, "just the way people use ' Oaxaquita ' to refer to anyone who is short and has dark skin.
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August 11, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Brandon McInerney is the defendant in the Chatsworth courtroom, accused of bringing a gun to his middle school and killing gay classmate Larry King. But as the case unfolds, the school itself has come under scrutiny. One teacher after another has testified in the murder trial about their deep worries that King's feminine attire and taunting behavior could provoke problems - and that E.O. Green Junior High administrators ignored them. It wasn't just that King, 15, had begun wearing makeup and women's spiked-heeled boots, witnesses testified.
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August 11, 2011 | By Catherine Saillant, Los Angeles Times
Brandon McInerney is the defendant in the Chatsworth courtroom, accused of bringing a gun to his middle school and killing gay classmate Larry King. But as the case unfolds, the school itself has come under scrutiny. One teacher after another has testified in the murder trial about their deep worries that King's feminine attire and taunting behavior could provoke problems - and that E.O. Green Junior High administrators ignored them. It wasn't just that King, 15, had begun wearing makeup and women's spiked-heeled boots, witnesses testified.
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May 9, 1999
Re "Siting of Schools Near Agriculture Calls for Creative Solutions," Ventura County Perspective, May 2. The Oxnard School District agrees completely that the siting of schools near agriculture calls for creative solutions. Especially when one realizes that the entire city of Oxnard is located on agricultural land. There is no building in Oxnard that is not built on what was once farmland. There is no place to build anything in Oxnard in the future--not homes, not schools, not industrial buildings, not shopping centers--that will not be located on what is or once was farmland.
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January 31, 1995 | MIGUEL BUSTILLO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Police on Monday released Oxnard school board member Fred Judy from jail, saying they lack evidence to charge him in the shooting of a 56-year-old man outside an Oxnard bar last weekend. Assistant Police Chief Tom Cady said Judy was released because detectives were not able to charge him with attempted murder. "There isn't sufficient evidence to charge Mr. Judy because of the conflicting testimony," Cady said. "Our investigation is continuing."
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February 8, 1991 | GERRY BRAILO SPENCER
The Oxnard school board has approved three policies that would allow the district to lay off, demote, reassign or dismiss managers who have specialties that are not related to education, such as purchasing, transportation or finance. However, Kent Patterson, assistant superintendent of personnel, said Wednesday that the new policies were not before the board because of pending layoffs. "It just happens to be timely," he said. "We are certainly looking at a reduction in staff.
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May 28, 1993 | SARA CATANIA and DOUG McCLELLAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Two Ventura County schools with little in common except an appetite for academic excellence received a highly prized award on Thursday honoring top schools around the country. E.O. Green Junior High School officials praised the mostly poor students at the Oxnard school for overcoming social and financial odds, winning the city its first National Blue Ribbon award.
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September 6, 1991 | PATRICK McCARTNEY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The cost to remove gang graffiti and repair vandalism at Oxnard elementary and intermediate schools has tripled in the last three years, according to a report submitted this week to trustees of the Oxnard Elementary School District. Elsewhere in the county, school officials report a smaller increase or decline in campus crime. That includes senior high schools in Oxnard, where graffiti and vandalism have increased at a steady but undramatic rate.
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November 20, 1995 | CHRISTINA LIMA
Twenty Oxnard school district employees will don hard hats, goggles and other gear today for a search-and-rescue seminar taught by the Oxnard Fire Department. It will be the first of a series of classes covering such issues as searching buildings for trapped victims, triage for treating the injured, and use of basic rescue tools to clear debris and free victims.
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September 29, 2010 | By Steve Chawkins, Los Angeles Times
An Oxnard school district charged the state and federal governments at least $5.6 million for distributing school meals that never existed, according to a two-year investigation triggered by district officials. The Oxnard Union High School District must now come up with the missing funds and is attempting to work out a repayment schedule with the state Department of Education, said Jack Parham, an attorney for the district. Meanwhile, the inspector general's office of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which pays for discounted and free student meals, is weighing the the possibility of criminal charges.
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July 23, 2009 | Steve Chawkins
After hearing testimony for three days, a judge Wednesday said a gay junior high school student in Oxnard was fatally shot in class "with the cold-blooded precision of an executioner" and that 15-year-old Brandon McInerney should stand trial for the crime. Summing up evidence from investigators, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ken Riley took note of McInerney's telling other students about his intent to kill Larry King, a 15-year-old who wore makeup, earrings and high heels to school.
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March 19, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
The father of an Oxnard teenager accused of gunning down a gay classmate was found dead Wednesday, the day his son was scheduled to appear in court to determine if he would face a trial, Ventura County authorities said. Bill McInerney, 45, was discovered shortly before 8 a.m. in the living room of his Silver Strand home by a friend who arrived to drive him to court, said James Baroni, Ventura County's chief deputy medical examiner.
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January 19, 2009 | Catherine Saillant
Lawyers for a 14-year-old Oxnard boy accused of gunning down gay classmate Lawrence King are mounting a novel defense, saying the district attorney's process for charging youths as adults is so flawed that the case should be dismissed and refiled in Juvenile Court. Ventura County prosecutors last year charged eighth-grader Brandon McInerney as an adult, two days after he allegedly walked into English class, took his seat and shot King, 15, twice in the back of the head.
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August 20, 2008
Re "Family files claims in Oxnard school shooting," Aug. 16 I'm appalled (but not surprised) that Lawrence King's parents would seek financial gain from the school district and others for his murder on the worst possible premise -- that the school district either didn't "treat" him (presumably for the "affliction" of being gay or for cross-dressing), or that it permitted him to attend school dressed effeminately, or that it allowed him to attend school at all. If the district is guilty of anything, it would be exactly the opposite.
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August 16, 2008 | Tami Abdollah, Times Staff Writer
The family of an Oxnard eighth-grader who was shot by a classmate at school has filed personal injury claims against the school district and county, alleging that their failure to protect the boy led to his death. Lawrence King, 15, was shot in the head Feb. 12 at E.O. Green Junior High School. At the time, he was a ward of Ventura County, a foster child living at Casa Pacifica, a shelter for abused and troubled children in Camarillo.
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June 17, 1994 | CHRISTINA LIMA
The Oxnard Elementary School District will officially name its newest school after Robert J. Frank, an instructor who taught in the district for 30 years, during a dedication ceremony Saturday. Frank was recognized for his extensive after-hours work with students as a science teacher. Frank died in 1983, three years after his retirement. "He impressed us because of his dedication to the kids," said James J. Suter, chairman of the Oxnard school board.
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March 1, 1991 | GERRY BRAILO SPENCER
The Oxnard school board has approved a plan to reduce the district's budget by $3.1 million, including giving layoff notices to 63 district personnel, closing a school and realigning grade levels at three schools to cut busing costs. In addition to giving notices of its intention to lay off 17 teachers, six administrators, a staff psychologist and 36 other employees, the board added the district's three nurses during Wednesday's closed session, Supt. Norman R. Brekke said.
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March 8, 2008 | Paul Pringle and Catherine Saillant, Times Staff Writers
For teens living in a shelter for abused and neglected children, school can provide a daily dose of normalcy, a place to fit in, a chance to be just another kid. It didn't turn out that way for Lawrence King. According to the few students who befriended him, Larry, 15 years old and openly gay, found no refuge from his tormentors at E.O. Green Junior High School. Not in the classroom, the quad, the cafeteria.
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February 13, 2008 | Catherine Saillant and Steve Chawkins, Times Staff Writers
A student at an Oxnard junior high school shot another classmate Tuesday in front of two dozen other students who were settling into their first-period English class, police said. The 15-year-old victim was rushed to St. John's Regional Medical Center, where he was initially listed in critical condition. By day's end, his condition was described as improving. "He's gone from very critical to a little bit better," said Oxnard police spokesman David Keith.
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