3 high schools re­move fences

Los Angeles Times - - California - — My-Thuan Tran

For the first time in years, three schools in the Cen­tinela Val­ley Union High School District in the South Bay do not have iron fences sur­round­ing their cam­puses.

Eight-foot-high fences in front of Hawthorne, Lawn­dale and Leuzinger high schools were re­moved dur­ing the sum­mer to make the cam­puses “more wel­com­ing,” said Mike Ono, as­so­ci­ate prin­ci­pal of Leuzinger High School in Lawn­dale.

The fences were in­stalled in the 1990s, when the schools ex­pe­ri­enced more vi­o­lence and racial ten­sion, both on cam­pus and off.

Dur­ing that pe­riod, gun­shots rang out sev­eral times near the cam­puses, wound­ing stu­dents.

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