A source has told El American that on or around 3 pm PST, Wednesday, December 8, local law enforcement officers were notified of a potential school shooting threat made against Watts Middle School in Los Angeles, CA. Since the threat was made after school hours, there was no immediate danger to school students, but an investigation was underway immediately as to the credibility of the threat. From what we understand, that investigation is ongoing with the school mentioned.
It was decided that a police presence was needed at the school campus, to ensure school staff and student safety against this potential threat. Police showed up early on Thursday, December 9 and met with the school admin. It is unsure what the specific events were around the exact moment, when the school director, Angelique Sims, then asked the police officers if they had their proof of vaccination status, citing school mandate/policy. The police responded that they did not have proof of vaccination, and were then instructed by school Director Sims, that as per school policy, they could not be allowed on campus, if they were unvaccinated. The police then left the school campus.
We at El American have contacted Watts Middle School for comment, both via phone and email. There has been no reply regarding the alleged incident.
The school staff and students were now left defenseless and vulnerable to any potential attack. It is also unsure if local police have concluded their investigation into the threat made against the school. We also contacted the Principal at the connected school, Dymally High School, and were given no comment to any “rumor”, and redirected to LAUSD admin.
This is a developing story.
Anthony Cabassa is a Field Correspondent with El American. Before that he did Independent Journalism for 3+ years informing the Hispanic/Latino community with bilingual news updates and video podcasts. He is also a U.S. Veteran of over 10 years in the Coast Guard. He lives in Los Angeles, CA with his wife and 3 children // Anthony Cabassa es Corresponsal de Campo de El American. Antes hizo periodismo independiente durante más de 3 años informando a la comunidad hispana con información bilingüe y pódcasts. También es un veterano de más de 10 años en el Ejército Americano. Vive en Los Ángeles, California, con su esposa y sus tres hijos.