L.A. Unified apologizes for keeping mum about armed man who tried to lure middle school girls off campus

School district officials took the unusual step Wednesday night of offering an unqualified apology to an angry audience of parents.

The administrators told more than 200 parents at Reed Middle School that they had erred in failing to notify them and staff that a man had reportedly approached girls at school and then returned days later in a truck containing an arsenal of illegal weapons.\

While insisting that the man posed no threat, officials said they had made the wrong call in keeping parents of students at the Studio City campus in the dark for more than two weeks.

“We’re sorry,” said regional operations administrator Andres E. Chait. “This is something that was inexcusable.”

Russell Polsky, 60, is accused of approaching three girls on Friday, Oct. 5, although the school did not learn about it until the following Monday. That Thursday, Oct. 11, at least one of the girls saw his truck again and alerted the school. An officer confronted Polsky, who was sitting in the passenger seat with a rifle bag next to him in the driver’s seat. When officers saw the weaponry, they arrested Polsky, who did not resist. He pleaded guilty Oct. 24 to one felony weapons count and was sentenced to 16 months in state prison.

Parents learned about the episode from news outlets, which were tipped off by an Oct. 30 Instagram post from the Los Angeles School Police Department. Click here to read more: http://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-reed-middle-parents-angry-20181108-story.html