Mojave schools may get strict

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Phelps said Kern County sheriff’s detectives and fire department arson investigators are still sifting through the rubbish of the vandalized Mojave High School gym. The weekend fire set in the boys’ varsity locker room triggered the gym’s sprinkler system. Phelps said a rubberized coating protected the gym floor from permanent damage. Phelps was unable to confirm whether the incident was connected to threats of gang violence that had led to the cancellation of the Nov. 4 game against Frazier Mountain of Lebec. The fire led to the cancellation of the football team’s Division XII playoff game Friday for safety reasons. Phelps said many parents have called unhappy about school Principal Jim Walsh’s decision to cancel Friday’s football game. “There’s a lot of kids that are hurting now because they just had something taken away from them that they worked really hard for, but I honestly believe something good can come out of this,” Phelps said. Gideon Rubin, (818) 713-3607 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – The Mojave Unified School District superintendent is proposing stricter dress and behavior policies in response to a gang-violence scare that canceled a football game, followed by a fire set in a locker room, which canceled a second game. Superintendent Larry Phelps proposed strict enforcement of a dress code, a civility policy regarding behavior of all people including students, parents and faculty, and a zero-tolerance policy for gang affiliation. “If ever there was a time to do more, it would be now,” Phelps said. Phelps will propose the policies at the Dec. 13 school board meeting. last_img read more