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About 100 students walked out during a break at John Marshall High School in Los Feliz Thursday, demanding improved security measures after the on-campus stabbing Wednesday of two students.
The students said the stabbings came after another on-campus student assault in a classroom earlier this week, raising their fears about campus safety. Several students who walked out said school administrators need to do a better job protecting them and said various measures could be taken, including more accessible mental health counseling, a stronger police presence and random searches for weapons and drugs.
Some students said a stronger law enforcement presence would have downsides and could make others feel uncomfortable. But the tradeoff would be worth it, several said, because they would feel safer.
Periodic random searches would be an invasion of privacy, said 10th grader Gabrielle Ghazarian, “at the same time, if we really want to make sure that everyone is safe and everyone is not bringing things that are a danger to themselves or other people to school, I feel like it may be something that is worth considering.”
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