No one was hurt when a gun went off yesterday at Cole Middle School, hitting an old fashioned radiator and breaking into pieces.
But I can’t imagine what must be going through the minds of parents, teachers and students, knowing what could have happened.
The 13-year-old student accused of bringing the loaded weapon to school is in juvenile hall. Troy Flint, the OUSD spokesman, said it wasn’t yet clear how or why the shot was fired.
A letter went home to parents last night. The school is holding a meeting at 4 p.m. today to answer parents’ questions about what happened.
I just talked to Jumoke Hinton Hodge, the Oakland school board member-elect for the West Oakland district, whose husband is the current board representative. She said there is a fear in the West Oakland community that such an incident will overshadow — in the eyes of the public — all of the school’s accomplishments.
“We’re just devastated,” Hinton Hodge said. “We’ve taken these huge steps, and that school’s been doing really well.”
Cole Middle School, located near the Port of Oakland, includes only an eighth grade this year. The school is being phased out as part of the school district’s redesign initiative. The new West Oakland Middle School — located on the old Lowell campus, along with KIPP Bridge Academy — is slated to move in to the Cole building next year.