Official: LA school didn't follow security policy

A police officer talks to a school bus driver as the bus arrives to pick up students at Gardena High School in Gardena, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, after reports of a number of students being wounded during a shooting. (AP Photo)

Published: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 10:56 a.m.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The incoming superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District says a review indicates security policy wasn't followed at a high school where a gun in a student's backpack fired and wounded two classmates.

John Deasy tells KTLA-TV that the review indicates Gardena High School didn't conduct enough random searches of students using metal detector wands. He says the checks are being made Wednesday morning.

A 17-year-old was arrested at the school Tuesday after authorities say a gun he brought to school in a backpack went off in class, hitting a girl and boy, both 15 years old.

Deasy says the girl, whose skull was fractured by the bullet, remains in critical condition. The boy, who suffered a neck wound, has been upgraded to good condition.

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