10-Year-Old Brings Loaded Gun to Glassell Park Elementary

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Written By Lori Walker

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A fourth-grade student, who’s only 10 years old, brought a loaded gun to Glassell Park Elementary School. The principal, Claudia Pelayo, informed everyone about it, saying the gun was found on campus. Thankfully, no one got hurt.

The gun was a .40-caliber Glock 22, and it was reported stolen. Another student saw the boy showing off the gun and told an adult. The school quickly secured the gun and contacted the police for further investigation. The parents of the student who brought the gun were also notified.

This incident is part of a worrying trend of more weapons and fights at Los Angeles Unified schools. Some parents are asking for more police and security after the school board reduced the police budget four years ago.

The school principal said that police would be at the school the next day for support. However, there wasn’t any information about what would happen to the student who brought the gun.

The number of weapon incidents in L.A. schools has gone up since students returned to in-person learning after the pandemic closures. Before the pandemic, there were fewer weapon incidents, but now there’s been a big increase.

Recently, two students were arrested for having loaded guns at Northridge Middle School, and a student at Washington Preparatory High School was shot and killed off-campus.

At a school board meeting, some parents asked for more police at schools, saying the district was failing to stop fights and prevent videos of fights being posted online.

The school board had cut the police budget by 30% in 2020, but some parents want the budget restored.

Currently, there are no police officers stationed at elementary schools, and they can only come to a school for emergencies, investigations, or arrests.

Some people think having police at schools stops students from bringing weapons, but others say it doesn’t. They argue that trust between students and adults is more important for preventing violence.

There’s also criticism that the district isn’t providing enough support, like counseling, to help students feel safe.

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