Redondo Beach, California – December 6, 2023
A California high school experienced a tense lockdown on Tuesday when a 15-year-old sophomore brought a loaded firearm on campus, marking the second consecutive day of such incidents. Redondo Union High School went into lockdown at approximately 9:30 a.m. local time, responding to reports of a student with a weapon on campus, as announced by the Redondo Beach Police Department.
The 15-year-old student attempted to evade school staff on foot, prompting the lockdown measures. Swift action from a school employee and two police officers resulted in the apprehension of the student, and the lockdown was lifted by 10 a.m. The incident followed an elevated police presence at the school on Monday, where another 15-year-old 10th grader was found in possession of a loaded weapon.
In both cases, the police emphasized that there was “no evidence of a specific threat or plan for violence.” Fortunately, no shots were fired, and there were no reported injuries in either incident.
Both students, whose identities remain undisclosed due to their minor status, face arrest on various firearm charges.
Charges include juvenile possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm on school grounds, carrying a loaded firearm in public, possession of a high-capacity magazine, and possession of an unregistered loaded firearm.
Authorities are currently investigating whether the two incidents are connected and are exploring the source of the firearms. The ongoing investigation is being led by the Redondo Beach Police Department, and the cases will be forwarded to the Los Angeles County Probation Department, which will determine whether to file charges.
In response to these concerning events, Redondo Union High School will remain closed on Wednesday to allow for a thorough campus sweep for weapons and explosives in the absence of students and staff. Upon the resumption of classes on Thursday, the school will implement heightened security measures.
Only three designated entry and exit points will be accessible and monitored by both police and school officials. Resource officers will be present throughout the day, with increased police patrols across all schools in the district.
A community meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 8:30 a.m. to address the two consecutive incidents. School officials expressed their disbelief, stating, “The two back-to-back incidents are something we would never have imagined. We are going to need to work together to solve the issue of access to guns. Understandably, our school community will demand and expect RBUSD to ensure student safety each and every day. Pointing fingers and placing blame is not the solution.”