Possible Gang Retaliation Sparks Heavy Police Presence in Grandview School District
GRANDVIEW, Wash.--"Kids have had some time to adjust to it," said Grandview High School principal Mike Closner. Definitely a sad tragedy."
It's a new school year for the Grandview School District. One that begins with a heavy heart for students and staff. Close to one week ago, 16-year-old Isaac Hinojosa was shot and killed in what police say was a gang fight. Grandview High School principal Mike Closner, said students were not allowed to wear clothing containing (colors) royal blue or red.
"We keep a tight eye on any gang related attire that comes into school and today we were definitely watching for, diligent," says Closner. We look out everyday."
Grandview police officers have their eyes on safety. Patrol cars could be seen outside of every school in the district.
"We're concerned about any retaliation so we figured just an added presence of extra police might help deter that," mentions Grandview police Detective James Driscoll."
Closner says he is optimistic no retaliation will occur on his watch. The message he hopes his kids will get is the brutal reality of being involved in a gang.
If you could only see one good thing, it would be, out of the whole thing, it would be that other students can see how dangerous life can be out there," says Closner."