Students Critique Lockdown After Officer’s Shooting

WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. — During a Jan. 19 lockdown, Hale Middle School students were given food and bathroom breaks, unlike their peers at El Camino Real High School. Hale Middle School principal Neal Siegel attributes this to the quick and efficient sweep that was done after police set up the command post on campus.

The lockdown was the result of the shooting of Los Angeles School Police Department (LASPD) police officer near El Camino Real High. Siegel said Hale had enough food and water on its campus to keep students comfortable for 72 hours, the Los Angeles Times reports. Hale’s emergency plan also included a strategy to reunify parents and children.

Students at El Camino Real, however, were denied bathroom breaks by SWAT officers and were forced to use classroom trash cans. Many students complained that they were not provided with food during the lockdown.

The gunman who shot the officer has not yet been captured. A $100,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of the gunman, according to a recent Los Angeles Police Protective League (LAPPL) press release.

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