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Two students are facing expulsion from Balboa High School after bringing a gun to campus, taking a photo with it and posting the image on Facebook.
San Francisco Police said two 16-year-old boys brought a loaded handgun to campus on Wednesday and took photos with the weapon inside a school bathroom. The boys posted a photo on Facebook, which was seen by a student who notified administrators.
San Francisco School District Communication Director Gentle Blythe said no threats were made and they do not believe any students were in danger.
“We have no reason to believe that they intended to do anything with the gun other than pose for photos with it,” said Blythe.
KTVU obtained the letter that was sent home to parents Friday explaining the “extremely serious incident.” Part of the letter written by the principal reads, “We are both shocked and deeply saddened by this incident, but remain committed to making sure this type of incident does not happen again.”
A student who knows one of the boys who posed with the gun said he didn’t expect his friend to make this kind of mistake.
“He was a good kid,” said the student. “I can’t believe he would do something like that.”
Parents said the situation calls into question the dangers and advantages of social media. D’Artanian Woodard has a son who attends Balboa High and said he talks to his son regularly about being cautious with what he shares online.
“I try to tell him the importance of once you post it it’s stuck with you for life,” said Woodard. “People look at it for jobs or for future employment. Once it’s out there, it’s out there.”
Police confiscated the loaded handgun, along with a rifle and pellet gun from the home of one of the boys. Both were cited for bringing a gun to school and Blythe said the boys will be expelled from the school.Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:43:14 -0700
Two more workers were injured by acid spray Monday morning at the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery in Pacheco near Martinez.
It's the second such incident, which also injured two workers, in less than a month. It happened quick and was over quick, but the injuries raise even more self-inflicted doubts about Tesoro's ability to run a safe refinery.
At 10:49 a.m., Tesoro called the Contra Costa Hazardous Materials agency about yet another sulfuric acid spill incident contaminating another two contractor employees.
“My understanding is that one person has been released already and the other one is still in observation but in good spirits,” says Maria Duazo a County HAZMAT Specialist. In a statement Tesoro confirms the basic facts but then says this, “The cause of the incident is under investigation and is believed to be unrelated to the chemical release that occurred on Feb. 12.” Really?
“It's the same unit,” says Greg Karras, Senior Scientist for refinery watchdog Communities for a Better Environment (CBE).
“The state OSHA actually shut this down after the first incident and allowed it to reopen last week,” says CBE's Karras.
CalOSHA says Tesoro met all five conditions for reopening the unit.
After the February spill, Tesoro refused to allow the Federal Chemical Safety Board to enter the premises, saying it was a minor spill that gave the Board no jurisdiction.
Tesoro later let inspectors in after the Board wrote the CEO a threatening letter.
“When they were allowed back in, they reported that equipment has been replaced, which seems like a good thing if it was replaced correctly; we don't know that yet, but, certainly would have destroyed evidence that investigators would have needed to get fully to the bottom of it,” said CBE's Karras.
Now, more inspections are assured including county Hazmat.
“An inspection specific to the area of the refinery that's involved,” says HAZMAT Specialist Duazo.
Communities For A Better Environment says workers would not have been injured Monday had the unit been kept shut down for a more complete inspection and testing protocol that now seems would have been the wiser path to take.Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:23:46 -0700
The California Highway Patrol says it is still investigating the death of an Oakland woman who was killed when a tree came crashing down on her car as she was driving on Interstate 80 Sunday afternoon.
The coroner identified the victim as 22-year-old Kenneisha Dale.
Now the woman’s mother is left to make sense of something she says makes no sense.
"I'm just numb, trying to deal with it," Janicee Lewis-Hawkins, Dale’s mother told KTVU through tears.
Relatives told KTVU Dale had just visited her husband in Solano State Prison in Vacaville and was headed toward her Oakland home.
On Sunday Dale was driving westbound on Interstate 80 near the Chery Glen Road exit in Vacaville when a eucalyptus tree fell on top of her Toyota Camry, which her family says she had just purchased the week before.
The tree fatally crushed Dale.
Kenneisha's great-grandmother was driving just ahead of her and noticed the tree seconds before it toppled.
"It was leaning over like this, toward the freeway. And it was like a stick. Nothing on it. Old. Like it was rotten,“ described Johnnie Price, Kenneisha's great-grandmother.
A few minutes later Price looked in her rearview mirror and didn't see her great-granddaughter's car.
"She never did come through. And we went to Fairfield and turned around and went back down the freeway. Whew," said Price.
Her family says it is hard to believe something so out of the ordinary and tragic, a tree just happening to fall on the freeway at that precise moment, could actually happen.
"I'm thinking about how she felt, what went through her mind. Did she suffer," said Jeanette Bartholomew, Kenneisha's cousin
Her family says Kenneisha loved children and was considering working in child care.
"Anytime a family member needed her to help out, she was there," said Bartholomew.
CHP says it is still looking through land records to see who owns the toppled tree.
The CHP says it is unclear whether Caltrans is responsible, or one of two possible landowners.
Funeral arrangements for Kenneisha are pending.Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:12:21 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories