A day after 10th-grader brings loaded gun to Redondo Union, school goes on lockdown again

Redondo Beach, CA - December 05: Families hugged kids after signing them out to take home from Redondo Union High School, after the school was on "lockdown," because of a report of a student with a gun, in Redondo Beach, CA, Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. This large police response and security threat, which resulted in another teen being lead away in handcuffs, comes the day after a student was arrested for bringing a loaded, high-capacity hand gun onto campus. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)
Families reunite Tuesday after Redondo Union High School in Redondo Beach was put on lockdown for the second day in a row. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

A day after a sophomore at Redondo Union High School started the week by carrying a loaded firearm and a high-capacity magazine onto campus, the school was locked down for the second consecutive day on Tuesday during a search, police say.

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Officers arrested the 15-year-old male student at the school Monday after he brought the firearm onto campus. They said he did not appear to have plans for shooting the weapon at the school.

On Tuesday morning, Redondo Beach police detained a second person at the campus after conducting a search, leading to a lockdown of the school until 10 a.m. Authorities did not initially comment on whether Tuesday's arrest was connected to Monday's investigation.

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Around 10 a.m. Monday, multiple students told administrators at the school that they'd heard a student had a loaded gun on campus. School officials contacted the Redondo Beach Police Department, and officers arrived at the campus around 10:30 a.m. and found a 10th-grader with a loaded firearm and ammunition.

Redondo police investigators said an initial investigation determined that no threats had been made and there were no plans for violence. No students or staff were threatened or injured at the school, where more than 3,100 students are enrolled, according to the Redondo Beach Unified School District.

People stand in a parking lot.
Parents wait to sign their kids out of Redondo Union High School on Tuesday. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

"We understand that incidents such as these are concerning," read a statement from Jason Kurtenbach, the district's executive director of student services. "We are working in partnership with RBPD, who will continue to have an increased presence on and around all our campuses."

The first student was arrested Monday on suspicion of multiple firearms violations, including being a juvenile in possession of a firearm, bringing a firearm onto school property, possessing a high-capacity magazine, carrying a loaded firearm in public and possessing an unregistered loaded firearm.

The booking charges will be submitted to the Los Angeles County Probation Department for filing, according to police. The student has not been identified publicly because he is a minor.

Redondo Beach police declined to specify details of the firearm possessed by the student or its provenance, citing the ongoing investigation.

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Kurtenbach said in his statement that the district would work with the student and his family regarding discipline but cited California Education Code 48900, which requires districts to expel students who bring weapons to campus.

"That said, please know that this matter has our full attention and RUHS and district administration’s work will be guided by the law and our unwavering commitment to campus safety for all students and staff," Kurtenbach said.

Anyone with information for police can call investigators at (310) 379-2477 or text (310) 339-2362.

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This story originally appeared in Los Angeles Times.