L.A. High School On High Alert For 3rd Day

Published: March 8, 2006

GARDENA, Calif. – Following two days of confrontations and racial tensions between Latino and black students, Gardena High School was again on heightened alert March 9.

The increased security measures were implemented March 7 by campus officials and the Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) when several fights and standoffs erupted. The following day, two more apparently gang-related fights broke out, and 12 LASPD officers were called in to respond. On both days, the campus was locked down after lunch briefly.

According to the Daily Breeze, Gardena’s Principal Russ Thompson said that community gang tensions often get brought to school by students.

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