Official: Gardena High School didn't follow security policy

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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.

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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