After the deadly Valentine’s Day massacre at a Florida High School, students at several high schools in Stockton, California are saying they no longer feel safe. Add to that the city’s many violent gangs and a violent crime rate so high that Forbes put Stockton on its 10 most dangerous cities list.
But as students spread into the streets on Friday to protest violence, guns, and President Trump, some of them started resorting to violence, according to NBC News. Police reported incidents of students throwing rocks at police cars and civilian vehicles.
As an officer approached students who were jumping school fences and getting in the way of traffic, some of them attacked the officer and grabbed his baton. A witness leaped into the fray to help the officer until backup arrived.
As more police responded, some of the students fought with them and resisted arrest. At least five were taken into custody, ranging from ages 14 to 18.
Joe Silva of the Stockton Police Department said, “We do support the freedom to protest peacefully and freedom of speech. While the majority of the students were peaceful today, we don’t condone the violence which was committed by a small handful of students. It’s unacceptable to batter a police officer and especially to take an officer’s baton.”
Now the same police department has arrested a 14-year-old student after they say he was planning a shooting at his kindergarten-through-12th-grade charter school. According to Fox 40, Stockton police responded after a call was made about a threat against Venture Academy.
Officers say they investigated a 14-year-old boy on Monday who had school shooting plans written down. The kid was booked into juvenile hall.
Please pray for the safety of students and our law enforcement officers! Please pray for the healing of our nation, and for people to come to know Jesus instead of turning to violence. In other news, hundreds walked out of their school in protest for a very different reason on Tuesday.