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A page from the California School Dashboard.
A page from the California School Dashboard. (California Department of Education)

In and around Los Angeles:

Mark Keppel and South Pasadena high schools aced L.A. County’s Academic Decathlon Super Quiz.

A La Verne special education aide has been charged with sexually abusing a young student in her care.

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Students returned to Sal Castro Middle School.
Students returned to Sal Castro Middle School. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

Sal Castro Middle School students returned to school Friday following Thursday’s campus shooting, which police said was caused by a gun discharging from a backpack.

For this year’s superintendent search, L.A. Unified will likely use the same search firm that helped them hire Michelle King.

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At first, reports of gunshots at an L.A. middle school seemed likely to follow an all-too-familiar narrative: A young person opens fire on a campus with deadly consequences. Then a new story emerged, still harrowing but less grim — more of a cautionary tale about unintended consequences when children get their hands on guns.

Students returned to class at Sal Castro Middle School Friday morning, a day after an unintentional shooting left four students injured and sent others scrambling for cover.

Guadalupe Segura placed her hand on her heart, worried as she watched her 13-year-old daughter, Jazmine, walk into the Westlake middle school, along with dozens of other students.

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Students and families reunite after a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School in Westlake on Thursday.
Students and families reunite after a shooting at Sal Castro Middle School in Westlake on Thursday. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Gunfire erupted in a classroom at Sal Castro Middle School on Thursday morning. Two 15-year-olds were hit — one in the head. A 12-year-old girl was taken into custody.

The incident immediately revived an ongoing debate about how best to keep students in the Los Angeles Unified School District safe.

The nation’s second-largest district relies on both policing and counseling to try to prevent campus violence. It also has an experienced team of counselors to deal with the aftermath — although most deadly episodes happen outside school.

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Frightened parents rushed to the scene of a Los Angeles middle school Thursday morning, crowding outside the gates, desperate to hear if their children were safe. Word had spread fast that a gun had gone off in a classroom and that students had been shot.

As police investigated a shooting at a Westlake middle school on Thursday, parents and local officials questioned how a 12-year-old girl apparently was able to get a semi-automatic pistol and smuggle it into a classroom.

Frantic parents rushed to Salvador Castro Middle School in Westlake on Thursday, desperate for word about the safety of their children after a shooting injured two students.

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The shooting Thursday at a middle school in the Westlake area comes amid a debate in the Los Angeles Unified School District about the effectiveness and fairness of random searches for weapons on campuses.

Two students were shot in a classroom in Salvador Castro Middle School in Westlake on Thursday morning, and one is in critical condition, authorities said.