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Parents throw punches at LA preschool graduation

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Lenicia B. Weemes Elementary School, 1260 West 36th Place, Los Angeles, CA, an education reform website, posted an upsetting video Thursday night of children screaming and crying as parents were seen fighting at a recent preschool graduation in Los Angeles.

The melee at Weemes Elementary School prompted a repsonse from school principal Lynn D. Brown who sent a letter home to parents about the June 7 incident.

The fight broke out during a preschool culmination ceremony, said Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Monica Carazo. One woman suffered a cut to her lip, but there have been no arrests or charges.

School police are investigating, and no official statement has been issued about what started the brawl. Calls to confirm reports, published with the video, that the dispute stemmed from students having to share a cap and gown for photos, were not immediately returned.


Another dead body found at another LA-area elementary school

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Miramonte Elementary School, 10620 Schmidt Rd., South El Monte, CA 91733

For the second time this week, a dead body was discovered on the grounds of a local elementary school.

On Thursday, the body of a man who apparently committed suicide, was found on campus at Miramonte Elementary located in South El Monte (not LAUSD's scandal-strained Miramonte located in an unincorporated area south of downtown LA).

The 18-year-old man's body was found hanging from a piece of playground equipment, said Detective Steve Blagg of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, reports the Daily News

Michele Earle of the Mountain View School District said staff members discovered the body in the playground at about 7:15 a.m., and the area "was quickly sealed off with tarps to ensure the students could not see the body as they arrived for school," she said.

The school was placed on a "rainy day" schedule, and students were kept inside classrooms and in the cafeteria.


Woman’s body found hanging in tree at Lake View Terrace elementary school

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Brainard Elementary School, 11407 Brainard Ave., Lake View Terrace

The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office says the body of a woman was discovered this morning hanging from a tree at a San Fernando Valley elementary school.

Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter says the body was reported at around 7:30 a.m. today at Brainard Elementary School, located at 11407 Brainard Ave. in Lake View Terrace.

Some reports have the call closer to 7 a.m. KTLA reports that the body was found “in a remote corner of the yard area near a storage unit” and adds that classes were not affected.

An LAPD spokesperson told reporters the case was “an apparent suicide” -- suggesting that she hanged herself, although that detail has not been confirmed.

The identity of the woman, said to be in her 30s, has not yet been revealed pending notification of her family.

Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Monica Carazo says children are being kept indoors until the investigation is concluded, and that crisis counselors are on hand.