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End random metal detector searches in LA schools

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has a policy that requires staff at all of its schools serving grades 6-12 to conduct daily metal detector searches of students and their belongings for weapons, even if the students have done nothing wrong or if there are no safety concerns at the school. 

School staff must stop classroom instruction when the searches are conducted, costing all students present valuable learning time. Students should be able to focus on their education.

This policy contradicts existing LAUSD policies such as the School Climate Bill of Rights, and it is ineffective, intrusive and excessive. It allows for zero flexibility for educators and does not allow them to consider the unique needs of their students and campuses. The policy only serves to heighten tensions on campus and damage school morale.

Also, the district has oftentimes applied the policy in a discriminatory fashion, with the district searching students more frequently in schools that serve more low-income students and students of color and allowing its administrators to target particular students.

Sign this petition to end this practice!





  • Youth Justice Coalition
  • Public Counsel
  • United Teachers Los Angeles
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I stand with LAUSD students and educators and call on the school board to stop treating students like suspects and put an end to the demeaning practice of random metal detector searches.

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