Activists Fighting LAUSD’s Random Search Policy Gain An Ally: L.A.’s Top Lawyer

If you went to a Los Angeles Unified middle- or high school in the last two decades, chances are you remember being “wanded.”

Since 1993, staff in LAUSD schools have been searching students, at random, every day, for weapons and drugs. The administrator conducts the search with a handheld metal detector wand — like those often seen at concerts and stadiums — hence the nickname for the district’s random search policy: “wanding.”

L.A.’s chief attorney Mike Feuer wants that practice to end. A blue ribbon panel on school safety he convened released its final recommendations to improve safety in LAUSD schools on Monday.

Among them: the district should suspend its random search policy and conduct a “comprehensive, large-scale audit of the policy.”

Though L.A. Unified’s sworn school police are not allowed to conduct the random searches, officers believe the policy deters students from bringing weapons or drugs to school. Over the last 25 years, the number of guns police have found on campus has plummeted.

But in the last few years, civil rights activists and student groups have been voicing louder and louder opposition to the wanding policy. Click here to read more: