Parents rushed to the school the moment they heard the news, many calling or texting their children. Most were relieved, but others had questions about the cultural shifts that had created such a dangerous environment.
“I’m just scared for all the kids,” Gloria Echeverria, a student’s mother said. “School is supposed to be a safe place for them, and apparently it’s not.”
Others pointed to the fact that the school had no metal detectors. “It’s a big investment but it has to be done,” Ruth Senz, another parent, said.
Los Angeles mayor Eric Garrett had questions about how this could happen.
“We need to find out how did that gun get into the school,” he said.
He wasn’t alone.
L.A. School Police Department Chief Steven K. Zipperman also had words about the tragedy.
We do not know yet … how a young person on this campus ended up having the ability to have access to a firearm and bring it onto a campus. Or for that matter, any young person having access to a weapon and bringing it anywhere. We have laws that mandate that parents who own guns, any adult who owns guns, any gun owner has an obligation to ensure that gun is locked inside a home. … The majority of the weapons that our young people get their hands on today is the result of a weapon they get at home or from a family members’ home.
… I assure you if we find out it came from an adult from a home, the proper prosecutorial procedures will occur.