3 high schools remove fences
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.