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September 9, 1993 | VIRGINIA ELLIS and MARK GLADSTONE, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
As the latest victim of a campus shooting lay wounded in a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday, legislation that would provide millions of dollars to beef up school security appeared to have little chance of passing. With two more days left in the legislative session, the bill by Sen. Teresa Hughes (D--Inglewood) remained bottled up in the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, where it is being blocked by local governments led by the League of California Cities.
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April 11, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - In a lopsided vote, the Senate launched a debate Thursday over the most significant gun legislation in more than a decade, setting up a contest that could last weeks between reinvigorated advocates for stricter laws and conservatives who oppose them as a violation of the 2nd Amendment. The bipartisan 68-31 vote, which saw 16 Republicans join 52 Democrats and independents to begin consideration of gun legislation, was a setback for gun rights advocates who had threatened to block it. The bill includes provisions to spend more on school security and to increase penalties for selling guns to felons and others banned from ownership.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 18, 1994 | SHARON MOESER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Antelope Valley high school administrators, looking to improve safety on their campuses, are considering installing 10-foot high, wrought-iron fences and surveillance cameras. "We want to have safe schools," said Robert Girolamo, superintendent of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. "We also want to have drug-free schools." The district has been discussing ways to stem crime at its five comprehensive high schools and one continuation school.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 2013 | By Kelly Corrigan, Los Angeles Times
Glendale Unified School District officials have announced plans to bolster security measures at campuses districtwide. At a school board meeting last week, officials said they plan to equip all schools with security cameras. Reception areas at all 30 campuses will also get "panic buttons" that make direct emergency calls to 911 with a single push, said Alan Reising, an administrator of district facilities. Officials also want to create a single entry point at all elementary schools.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 6, 1994 | CONSTANCE SOMMER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
More than 700 mourners crowded a Simi Valley church Saturday to say goodby to Chad Patrick Hubbard, a popular, gregarious 14-year-old stabbed to death by a classmate last week as he waited for the school bus. "Chad Hubbard was 14 years old, and that is a time for living, not dying," Bob Eichele, the pastor who once confirmed Chad, said at the boy's funeral service. "What do you say to all of this, how do you act, when everything is so tragic, so sad and so heart-wrenching?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 8, 1991 | LISA MASCARO
While many county school districts hire private security guards or ask local police officers to patrol their campuses during off-hours, districts in Anaheim are using park rangers, a new tool that other districts say they may consider. "We try to help people rather than be out there looking for the bad guys," said Christopher George, a recreation service specialist for the city and a senior park ranger. "A lot of times security guards can be intimidating.
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March 4, 1989 | DAN MORAIN, Times Staff Writer
It's called "The Incident," "The Thing" or "The Event." "I have to force myself to say 'shooting.' I rarely say 'the Cleveland school killings' because it makes my skin crawl," said Roger Speed, in charge of counseling the survivors. Six weeks after Patrick Edward Purdy fired more than 100 rounds from an AK-47 into the Cleveland Elementary School playground, killing five children and wounding 29 others and a teacher, some people here say the incident is better not discussed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 1991 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the wake of a campuswide brawl that surged through normally peaceful Chatsworth High School, hundreds of parents kept their children out of school Tuesday as administrators beefed up security to prevent a recurrence of the previous day's upheaval. According to school officials, 1,077 of the school's 2,420 students were absent Tuesday, a day after dozens of students were caught up in violent confrontations scattered throughout the campus. About 450 to 500 absences daily are routine.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 20, 1990 | JAMES M. GOMEZ and TOM MCQUEENEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Administrators at Van Buren Elementary School stepped up campus security on Thursday and offered counseling services to students unnerved by the brief abduction of 9-year-old David Christie, who was held at gunpoint by a woman. Sheila Faye Reed, 30, of Yorba Linda, who lives with her mother a block from the grade school, was scheduled to be arraigned today in Municipal Court in Fullerton on charges of kidnaping, assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a .22-caliber handgun on school property.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 19, 1988 | BOB JAMES, Times Staff Writer
The students at Audubon Junior High School have had enough. They've had enough of being scared while walking to school, playing in their own yards or even sleeping near a window. They've had enough of gangs.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar and Howard Blume, Los Angeles Times
Behind a locked classroom door, a Los Angeles third-grade teacher purportedly committed lewd acts against students. The charges spurred demands for classrooms to remain open during the school day. But after the shooting deaths of 20 first-graders in Connecticut last month, calls were made to keep classrooms locked. The intent of both efforts is to keep students safe. But as school districts nationwide examine their security measures following the Newtown, Conn., massacre, the question of locked versus unlocked classroom doors is in debate.
NEWS
July 18, 2012 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - U.S. citizens who are considered a terror threat and banned from flying on passenger airplanes can nonetheless learn to fly without hindrance, a glaring loophole that emerged during a congressional hearing Wednesday into security lapses at the nation's 935 accredited flight schools. “I'm shocked to hear that someone on the no-fly list can be approved for flight lessons,” said Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Ala.), a member of the House Homeland Security Committee. “It is mind-blowing.” U.S. citizens are screened against terrorism databases only after flight training, when they apply for a pilot's license.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2011 | By Beth Shuster, Los Angeles Times
High school graduation season concluded last week across Los Angeles County. Before hundreds of people, in English and in Spanish, valedictorians, student body presidents and others from the Class of 2011 gave their culminating remarks. Their speeches touched on everything from the recession to their favorite foods. The student speakers gave credit to their teachers, counselors, principals — "Let's be thankful because even though we made them frustrated at times they never gave up, but pushed us harder and always expected more from us," said Laura Meneses, of Santee Education Complex.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 2003 | Erika Hayasaki, Times Staff Writer
The interim police chief of Inglewood schools has vowed to prohibit officers from working off-duty security jobs for rapper Snoop Dogg, and is seeking to fire several reserve officers who have moonlighted as bodyguards for the music star. An estimated 10 full-time and reserve Inglewood school police officers have guarded Snoop Dogg, a convicted felon whose real name is Calvin Broadus. Several were with him in April when gunmen fired on his motorcade, wounding one reserve school officer.
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October 9, 2002 | STEPHEN BRAUN and JONATHAN PETERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Life proceeded under the shadow of the gun in the Washington metropolitan area Tuesday as investigators searched for an elusive sniper and thousands of students returned to locked classrooms and school campuses patrolled by police. The rifle-wielding assailant laid low after a six-day rampage that left six dead and two wounded.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 29, 2002 | MARJORIE HERNANDEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Vandals and trespassers beware: new camera systems will be rolling into five Orange Unified high schools this fall, following the lead of other school districts that have resorted to high-tech measures to ensure campus safety. The Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees has earmarked $485,045 of its state safety grant for the cameras, which will be installed at Richland Continuation, Canyon, El Modena, Orange and Villa Park high schools in September.
NEWS
May 19, 1997 | From Associated Press
Angry and grief-stricken parents, students and teachers flooded a school board meeting Sunday to ask why a suspected gang member arrested in the slaying of an 18-year-old student was hired as a custodian. Substitute janitor and parolee Alex Del Thomas was in custody after the slaying of Michelle Montoya on Friday at Rio Linda High School north of Sacramento. She was found with her throat slit in the school's wood shop.
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May 20, 1997 | DAN MORAIN and DAVE LESHER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The arrest last week of a high school janitor in the campus slaying of an 18-year-old senior prompted top state administrators Monday to demand a toughening of school security policies. In the wake of last Friday's day-time killing at Rio Linda High School, grief-stricken parents and students in this rural community just north of Sacramento are incredulous that their school would hire a janitor like 34-year-old Alex del Thomas.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2002 | HOLLY J. WOLCOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ventura County high schools need more security, including perimeter fences, surveillance cameras and police officers to further reduce the chances of a Columbine-type incident, according to a grand jury report released Thursday. Despite the panel's lengthy and pointed recommendations, several school officials said that turning campuses into prison-like environments would not stop a gunman and sends the wrong message to the community.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 2001 | MONTE MORIN and STUART PFEIFER, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Two Buena Park police officers have left the department after being accused of two separate incidents of sexual misconduct on the job. A patrol officer was accused of having sexual contact with a woman he pulled over and arrested hours earlier. In the second case, an officer who worked out of Buena Park High School has been charged with exposing himself to an adult on campus while in uniform.
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