- Associated Press - Saturday, June 4, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Charter schools and civil rights advocates are sparring with the Los Angeles Unified School District over a policy requiring random checks of students with metal detectors.

The groups - along with United Teachers Los Angeles - wrote a letter to the district saying the searches will undermine the safety that comes from having strong relationships between students and teachers, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday (https://lat.ms/1Xrx3wW).

Los Angeles Unified officials said the policy has been in place since the early 1990s but was revised in October to clearly state that charter schools on district property must conduct the random daily searches.

Nearly 840 weapons were collected in the district during the 2014-15 school year, according to a district report.

“Unless and until we come up with a better policy, to simply abandon a safety measure in favor of nothing or trying to build a culture of trust that will hopefully discourage people from bringing guns on campus, is just not the kind of situation that I want to defend the district on,” said David Holmquist, the school district’s general counsel.

Kristin Botello, principal of Animo Jackie Robinson High School, received a box of hand-held metal detectors in December but her charter school has refused to carry out the random searches.

Nico Conanan, a student at Central High School, said the policy doesn’t make him feel any safer. He was pulled from class last year and scanned with a metal detector.

“It was invasive,” he said. “It was basically violating everything we had worked to do in the classroom.”


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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