Amid heightened awareness over gun violence in the country, a group of activists comprised of teachers, students and parents are calling for the LAUSD to end daily random weapons searches in middle and high schools.
A meeting was held at LAUSD on Tuesday to discuss the issue, and the school board vowed to review the two-decade-long policy that has been in place since 1993, after a student was gunned down at Fairfax High. A debate over the practice was recently reignited, after charter schools in the area were asked to adopt the policy.
They refused, arguing that these random searches contribute to racial profiling and create an adverse learning environment.In addition to charter schools, the ACLU and teachers union UTLA also support shelving the practice.
David Holmquist, General Counsel, LAUSD
Cristina de Jesus, President and Chief Executive Officer, Green Dot Public Schools California