LAUSD Calls For Dating Violence Awareness In Schools Following Fatal Stabbing

LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Education officials have approved a resolution calling on schools to actively discuss violence and teen dating. The Los Angeles Unified School District’s efforts come two weeks after a 17-year-old girl was fatally stabbed by her ex-boyfriend at a South Gate high school.

The resolution calls for Superintendent John Deasy to appoint a prevention coordinator to work with schools, parents and the community to teach students about violence prevention, including dating abuse.

The programs would include educate students on topics such as healthy versus abusive relationships, prevention activities and interventions in response to incidents of dating abuse.

The resolution notes that the programs will be implemented “if funds are made available.”

cindi santana LAUSD Calls For Dating Violence Awareness In Schools Following Fatal Stabbing

The victim, identified as 17-year-old Cindi Santana, died at Saint Francis Medical Center hours after being stabbed during a lunchtime fight at South East High School in South Gate.

The board’s vote came on the heels of a Sept. 30 stabbing at South East High School. Cindi Santana, 17, was stabbed multiple times during a lunchtime argument. She died later that day at a hospital.

Her ex-boyfriend, 18-year-old Abraham Lopez, was arrested and charged with murder. Lopez had been arrested days before the attack for allegedly threatening Santana and her family. Prosecutors declined to file any charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Santana had been granted a restraining order against Lopez but school officials had not yet been notified.


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