Going Nuclear

April 25, 2006 1 min read

Some parents of kids at Worthington Elementary School, in Inglewood, California, are more than bewildered by the principal’s decision to impose a high-level lockdown during the region’s student walkouts protesting immigration legislation. Restrictions were so severe that some Worthington students, who did not participate in the walkouts, were prohibited from accessing restrooms, and had to use buckets placed in classrooms instead. If such a precaution seems extreme, that’s because it was. The principal, Angie Marquez, had apparently misread the district’s handbook and ordered the wrong kind of lockdown. Inglewood district officials say it was an honest mistake. “When there’s a nuclear attack, that’s when the buckets are used,” affirmed Tim Brown, district director of operations.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Web Watch blog.