BRENTWOOD - School officials, parents and other residents attended a community meeting in Brentwood Monday to address gun violence, gang activity and overall crime.
Brandon Garcia, a high school senior, says he and his fellow students were confused and frightened last Friday when officials placed the school on lockdown due to a shooting nearby.
Police arrested 16-year-old Carlos Argueta in connection with that crime, which left a 22-year-old wounded in the abdomen after a dispute. Police are investigating whether the shooting was gang related.
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Brentwood school officials say students inside the school were never in danger during that incident, but announced stepped up security measures anyway.
They include random searches of students and a handheld metal detector.
Mia Vargas, who has a freshman daughter at the school, says school security needs an even greater boost.
"We have 19,000 kids in our district," Vargas says. "If we are doing random checks, I think it's important that we try to get additional detectors."