School District Denied Police Access to Four Students Accused of Attempted Murder
A Northern California school district is facing tough questions after denying police access to four students suspected in an attempted homicide.
Detectives from the Santa Rosa Police Department (SRPD) arrived at Elsie Allen High School on Jan. 16 following the stabbing of a 41-year-old Santa Rosa resident at a nearby park. Security footage showed the four students running from the area of the stabbing back to Elsie Allen High and fleeing through the school parking lot.
But when detectives came looking for the suspects, they were turned away by school officials. The district made the call.
“Historically, we have cooperated with SRPD," a district spokesperson told Crisis in the Classroom (CITC). "However, on this occasion, the district was asked to assist with acquiring students from their classrooms to be arrested for an incident that happened outside of school hours and off campus and the district declined."
The suspects were returning to the school the following day when they were apprehended by police off campus grounds. A disassembled firearm was found in one of the suspect’s backpacks. At the suspects’ homes, authorities discovered additional firearms, a 3-D printer that may have been used to manufacture firearm parts, knives, and gang paraphernalia.
The district’s questionable call comes amid a surge of violence at Santa Rosa schools. Safety concerns have become so severe that trustees voted last month to bring school resource officers back to campus.