Statement by Board President Mónica García and Interim Superintendent Vivian Ekchian

Feb. 14, 2018

On behalf of the entire Los Angeles Unified School District, we are deeply saddened by today’s tragic shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The heartbreaking images of children fleeing from gunfire in our schools is becoming an all too familiar sight. Having recently been through a shooting incident in L.A. Unified, we understand the anxiety of uncertainty and the horror of the violence affecting our children, families and school communities.

We also want to assure all parents, students and staff that safety remains the top priority of L.A. Unified. We continue to work with the Los Angeles School Police Department, along with public safety and mental health agencies, to ensure planning, preparation and response to incidents that may affect safety. In addition, we encourage everyone in our District to remain vigilant in working together to keep our schools safe – if you see something, say something.

We will continue to keep the students, families and employees of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, as well as the Parkland community, in our thoughts and prayers.


 Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766