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This is on-going, right now, at my grandson, Kaito’s Jr. High School . . . Kaito is fine, thank goodness! Bob came right from the Port Hueneme Navy base and is there now, on the outside of the school, waiting for the students to be released. Bob just called from the site asking me to look on the internet for additional news as they are given little information as they stand outside. Helicopters, noise, police and people abound.

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Student Shot at E. O. Green School in Oxnard, CA
Staff Reports ~ Ventura County Star
Originally published 09:41 a.m., February 12, 2008
Updated 10:26 a.m., February 12, 2008

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“Oxnard police say an eighth-grader at E. O. Green School was shot by another student about 8:30 a.m. today inside a classroom at the C Street campus. The 15-year-old victim, reported to be in serious condition, was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard. The student’s name has not been released.”

“Several dozen officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to the junior high school after receiving a report that a student had been shot inside a classroom. The suspect, also believed to be a student at the school, ran off campus after the shooting but was apprehended nearby, police said. Police said it appeared to be an isolated incident between the two students. The school remained on lockdown this morning. Students were not being allowed to leave, and parents were not being allowed on campus.”

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UPDATE: 11:35am
“Hundreds of parents have lined up in a field outside the school and are being allowed to go onto the campus one-by-one to pick up their child. School officials are announcing to the crowd, however, that students can only be released to a person listed on an emergency contact information card.”

“City officials are speaking with parents in groups at the site, both in English and Spanish. They’ve told parents that 25 students are being held at the school for questioning. The rest of the students will be released.”

“Clergy are also on the scene, talking to parents and telling them that if they have not been contacted, their children are OK.”

“Several parents waiting in line said they were shocked that a shooting had happened at E. O. Green, which they described as a safe school.”

UPDATE: 12:35am ABC News
“Eyewitness News reported during our 11am broadcast that the student died of his injuries. Authorities continue to say that the boy is in serious condition.”

As of this time Bob has not been allowed in the school to pick up Kaito. He said it is very hot, people are languishing in the heat, some laying on the ground from exhaustion. Contrary to reports, there is no sign of authorities letting them get inside to pick up their children.

UPDATE: 7:40pm
I just got off the phone with Bob. He not was able to finally get Kaito until around 2:00pm. It was a long day of waiting and wondering. Kaito was sure hungry, but Yoshie had left the school to get a nice lunch ready for Kaito coming home. The teachers kept the students in their first period classrooms the whole day, but the tough part was that they didn’t tell the kids what was going on, so there was all kinds of speculation. Kaito was in another wing of the school and didn’t even hear the gunshot, so he was not phased by any of the commotion. School resumes tomorrow – no day off!

Also Bob told me that the victim did not die, as earlier reported. He is hanging in there and hopefully will recover soon and well. I did see that this story has not stayed in the news likely due, in the most part, to the three election primaries that were held today.

UPDATE: February 14, 2008
OXNARD (KABC) — “The 14-year-old accused of shooting an Oxnard junior-high classmate is being charged with murder with a hate-crime enhancement. Prosecutors will try the 14-year-old suspect as an adult.”

“The 15-year-old victim, Lawrence King, was declared brain dead by two neurosurgeons and is considered clinically dead Wednesday, according to the medical examiner. King remained on a ventilator for possible organ donation. Lawrence King had been living at Casa Pacifica, a center for abused and neglected children. King was under the care of the Ventura County foster care system. Lovstedt says that King was often the subject of teasing. He had been targeted by bullies in the past. Students say the victim was often picked on for the way he dressed. ” Just all too sad.

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5 responses to this post.

  1. All of the school shootings make me feel so sad, it has gotten so much worse, and kids are not dealing well with these things. I am so glad Kaito was safe, such a scary thing to have happen to someone you love.

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  2. And sometimes I think all of the news attention given to these types of shootings only eggs on some other disturbed and angry soul to go ahead and do something just like it at their school. The attention is a huge factor in these things it seems most times, so maybe less coverage is a good thing this time around?

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  3. That is terrifying. I am so glad Kaito is OK.

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  4. It makes me want to hide my kids forever.

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  5. Wow Lauralee!!! I haven’t looked at your blog for a while. What a scarrey thing for Bob and his family to have to endure. Crazy World!!!!!

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