Two East Oakland elementary school principals have appealed to the police and the community for help, saying increased gang activity and violence is threatening to erode the progress they have made during the last several years.
In a letter sent this afternoon to Oakland school district’s police chief and dozens of others from the school district, city and county (and local newspaper), ACORN Woodland Principal Kimi Kean and EnCompass Academy Principal Tram Nguyen detailed their concerns — which include daytime shootings and weekend drug sales in the school parking lot — and proposed solutions.
This steep escalation in violence at our campus indicates an unacceptable level of risk and vulnerability in our school community. After nearly 2 years with no gun violence during school hours, we have been faced with 3 incidents of gun violence in just 3 months. We know that the latest shooting was an issue between rival gang members. As leaders who are deeply invested in the educational and life success of our students, we are calling on you to act now in support of safe communities.
What are your ideas? In a time of reduced funding, what are steps that school staff and ordinary citizens can take to protect schoolchildren?