Sunday, January 23, 2011

More LAUSD Lockdown Madness

Image by DaR
Either LA is the most dangerous city in the U.S. or they’re just plain lockdown crazy. I’ll put my money on the latter. 

South Gate High was the latest school to be placed on “precautionary” lockdown, and it wasn’t even during school hours. Reports of a male with a gun led LAUSD to lock down around 200 students, along with teachers and administrators, from 3:30 until 6:30 on Friday.

Three suspects were eventually arrested, but no weapons were found. The “precautionary” nature of the lockdown confirms my suspicions that the lockdowns are being used as social control to simplify the jobs of cops, at the expense of children’s liberty and dignity. Anyone can call in a phony police report of armed men which, under the current system, would result in children being held prisoners in their classrooms without food, water or toilets (other than the district provided shit buckets) for hours.

This brings the total to over ten LA schools locked down for three or more hours each in just the past two weeks. Police still have not apprehended a suspect in the shooting of a school cop outside El Camino Real High School last week. The LA City Council and others have put up a $100,000 reward.

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