A long day across LAUSD as tension and investigators visit schools
Walter Reed Middle School in Studio City, has “zero periods,” when students with electives go to classes before school begins. When teachers arrived at the school early today to prepare for their regular class time, they were greeted by their colleagues saying, “Leave the school, we’re on Level 1 alert. This is serious!” Minutes before...
By Mike Szymanski | December 15, 2015
Anti-bullying campaign gets personal for LAPD and students
An LA Unified anti-bullying campaign for at-risk youth that includes an innovative arts program culminated today in an emotional speech by a father, whose 11-year-old son killed himself after being bullied. Students, teachers, even police officers had tears in their eyes at Bret Hart Preparatory Middle School. For some of the officers, it got personal....
By Mike Szymanski | November 4, 2015
JUST IN: LAPD confirms ‘ongoing investigation’ of Rafe Esquith
A day after lawyers for Rafe Esquith said they knew of no outside investigation into his past, the Los Angeles Police Department today confirmed that a department probe begun earlier this year was continuing. “There is an ongoing investigation at this time,” said LAPD public information officer Norma Eisenman, an assertion confirmed by Capt. Julian R....
By Mike Szymanski | October 16, 2015
JUST IN: LAPD investigates Esquith, lawyers ‘declare war’ on LAUSD
LA School Report has confirmed that an LAPD sex crimes unit has an open investigation of celebrated teacher Rafe Esquith involving allegations of “inappropriate touching.” Meanwhile, Esquith’s attorneys are striking back with threats of additional lawsuits and a “declaration of war against LAUSD.” One of Esquith’s attorneys, Ben Meisales, said, “This continued defamation by LAUSD...
By Mike Szymanski | August 14, 2015
San Pedro High teacher arrested on charges of sexually abusing student
A 28-year-old female teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abusing one of her students at San Pedro High School. Michelle Yeh, who was on temporary assignment in the science department of the school during the past spring semester, was arrested Friday after a 15-year-old male student claimed she had abused him on several...
By Craig Clough | July 22, 2015
Burglary near LAUSD school reportedly leads to police car chase
*UPDATE A burglary near an LA Unified school lead to a police chase today, with another school being put on lockdown as the result of a search for the suspects. Los Angeles school police notified the LAPD around 5:04 a.m. that multiple suspects were trying to burglarize Joseph Pomeroy Widney High School at 2302 Gramercy Place,...
By Craig Clough | July 13, 2015
9 Venice High students arrested in connection with sexual assaults
Officers from the Los Angeles Police Department descended on Venice High School this morning and arrested eight juvenile male students for allegedly sexually assaulting two female students, according to media reports. A ninth student was arrested off campus, and at least five other students are also being sought by police. At a press conference, LAPD Cmdr....
By Craig Clough | March 13, 2015
4 LAUSD schools put on lockdown after officer struck by car
*UPDATED Four LA Unified schools were placed on lockdown in the Granada Hills area after a Los Angeles Police Department officer was struck by a vehicle and was seriously injured, according to the Los Angeles School Police Department. The suspect fled on foot, leading officers to search the area. The schools placed on lockdown were Porter...
By Craig Clough | January 15, 2015
JUST IN: Hamilton High put on lockdown after 3 shot nearby
*UPDATED Hamilton High School in West LA was put on lockdown for over an hour this morning after three men were shot in streets near the school, which is located on S. Robertson Blvd. near the 10 Freeway. The three victims were shot at different locations — with one victim being found on the 3100...
By Craig Clough | December 17, 2014
Morning Read: LAPD Explores School Safety Changes
LAPD Has Few Easy Answers on School Safety The dozens of educators packed into a police station meeting room Wednesday had a lot of questions about how to protect their students. But LAPD Capt. Tom Brascia made it clear he didn’t have a lot of answers. LA Daily News, KCET, LAist California Teachers Retirement Fund Threat...
By Samantha Oltman | December 20, 2012