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Police Turn Away Unruly Crowd At Summer School Registration

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HAWTHORNE (AP) — Police have been forced to turn away a huge, unruly crowd that showed up to register high school students for 400 free summer school slots.

People began arriving at dawn Monday at Hawthorne’s Opportunities for Learning Public Charter Schools.

Police Capt. Keith Kauffman says nearly 100 officers from nine law enforcement agencies were called in Monday morning because the number of students and parents swelled to more than 1,000.

They were peacefully dispersed by about 10:30 a.m.

Many budget-strapped school districts have canceled summer school.

Opportunities for Learning Public Charter area supervisor Jesus Franco tells the Torrance Daily Breeze that he was surprised by the huge turnout. Only about 40 people showed up on last year’s opening day of registration.

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