Official: Gardena High School didn't follow security policy

Family members wait for their children outside Gardena High School on Jan. 18, 2011 where two students were shot after a gun in another student's backpack accidentally discharged. From left to right are Eliut Maururi, Elisabeth Guerrero and Maria Avila.
Family members wait for their children outside Gardena High School on Jan. 18, 2011 where two students were shot after a gun in another student's backpack accidentally discharged. From left to right are Eliut Maururi, Elisabeth Guerrero and Maria Avila. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

The incoming superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District says a review indicates security policy wasn't being followed at a high school where a gun in a student's backpack accidentally fired and wounded two classmates.

John Deasy tells KTLA-TV that the review indicates Gardena High School didn't conduct enough random searches of students using metal detector wands. However, he says the checks are being made Wednesday morning.

A 17-year-old was arrested at the school Tuesday after authorities say a gun he brought to school in a backpack accidentally went off in class, hitting a girl and boy, both 15 years old.

Deasy says the girl, whose skull was fractured by the bullet, remains in critical condition. The boy, who suffered a neck wound, has been upgraded to good condition.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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