Searching for a way ahead at Cole Middle School

On Tuesday morning, a 13-year-old boy was apparently playing with a gun he brought to school when it discharged in his first-period classroom.

No one was hurt, but distressed families and other West Oakland community members met at Cole Middle School tonight to offer solutions.

photo of Cole Middle School Principal Ivory Brooks (center) by Kristopher Skinner/Staff

You can find the full story here.

What steps do you think schools should take to keep kids safe? Some students said tonight that they wanted bag checks or metal detectors at Cole. Is that the answer?

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • http://www.kidica.com/education/ Childrens Education

    It is very distressing to hear that kid brought gun to a class room. Its the responsibility of the school to take proper safety measures. Some include checking, Metal detectors, teach the students the human values.


  • James Jones, Parent

    absolutely. We had the same thing happen back in 85 at Bret Harte. A kid had a gun in his backpack, dropped it and it fired across the yard hitting a kid named Calvin in the side. I still remember that feeling we all had thinking he might die. With all of the school shootings that have happened in the last 10 years, I cant understand why school districts don’t mandate stricter, smarter security measures. For example: Monitored wireless Security Cameras on the Yard and in the Halls and classrooms, security personnel at the entrances and exits, etc…

  • http://www.handmedowns.com Hand Me Downs


    thats very scary to know. there doesnt seem to be a safe place around anymore.

    the schools should have metal detectors in avoid such things in futute and parents also should keep track of their kids.

    thanks for sharing the info.

  • John

    Hand Me Downs: It’s said that those who end up in hell never leave. Such is not the case with Oakland, the best escape route is the Caldecott tunnel. On the other side is another OUSD with some of the best schools and lowest crime in the state. And NO, Rod Sirling and/or Angel Gabriel won’t be there to greet you.

    This is a real ‘out of Oakland’ mind and body experience for you and your children! Sell your expensive (value declining) Oakland home and move into humble quarters on “the other side.” For a condo in heaven is better than a mansion in hell. So sayeth the pragmatist.

    Or you can rent! I know of several condo vacancies in one complex, with many more in the Moraga area of ‘Lamorinda.’ However, if you rent out your home in hell to pay rent in heaven beware of the Oakland Measure EE Grim Reaper. So help me Obama, It’ll reap what you’ve sown and feed it to your tenants!