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 January 21, 2011  Posted by  Youth & Schools

Howard Blume and Andrew Blankstein report:

Thousands of students were kept in classrooms without food, water or access to restrooms longer than necessary, the Los Angeles school district’s police chief acknowledged, as officials coped with complaints from parents frustrated once more with the district’s handling of an emergency situation.

Students from nine San Fernando Valley schools were in lockdown for as long as five hours as officers combed campuses and neighborhoods for a suspect who shot and wounded a school police officer Wednesday just outside El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills.

Although lockdowns are the most common school crisis in the nation’s second-largest school district, the Los Angeles Unified School District has repeatedly faced problems providing basic provisions and services for students.

So once again, “for the children’s safety” winds up depriving students of rights and freedom – and keeping them captive? What’s wrong with this picture?

Read more in the L. A. Times.

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