When LAUSD’s random searches of students end, what’s next for school safety?

In the early 1990s, five students at Belvedere Middle School in East L.A. were killed, recalled then-Principal Victoria Castro, in incidents off campus during a violent period when there were regular student fights, attacks on teachers and tensions throughout the area fueled by the L.A. riots.

By 1993, when two students were killed in shootings at Fairfax and Reseda high schools, Castro was among those who cheered when L.A. Unified began wanding students with metal detectors and allowing random searches.

In 2011, after a shooting at Gardena High School, the district mandated daily searches at every middle and high school.

Now — 26 years after the wanding policy was introduced and amid years of pressure from advocates and student activists to end the practice — leaders of the nation’s second-largest school district have voted to eliminate the policy by July 2020, directing the superintendent to come up with a different plan to keep students safe. Click here to read more: https://www.latimes.com/local/education/la-me-edu-lausd-random-metal-detector-search-analysis-20190706-htmlstory.html