What Exactly Goes in a LAUSD 'Lockdown Kit'?
Every classroom in the Los Angeles Unified School District should have one, and yesterday, thousands of Woodland Hills students held on campus for hours learned for themselves what a "lockdown kit" is. Some students who were interviewed live on the many afternoon-long newscasts offering uninterrupted coverage of the aftermath of the shooting of a LAUSD officer outside of El Camino Real High School talked about the option to use a bucket for a bathroom. As LA Now explains, that bucket is indeed the protocol of the lockdown, and is one of the supplies included in the LAUSD lockdown kit.
What else goes in that kit? Besides the bucket, the kits contain "toilet paper and a portable toilet seat," as well as "a flashlight, polyethylene bags, blankets, a pocket radio, bandages, facial tissues, disposable vinyl gloves, assorted batteries and ever-adaptable duct tape."
The kit leaves out food and water, for which the students yearned all afternoon, confined to the same classroom since the pre-lunchtime shooting. Those who had snacks in their backpacks were able to have a bite, and share with their classmates, and one teacher offered up her lone packet of almonds to her students. Most of the kids opted to hold it in, or were able to get an escort to the restroom rather than give the bucket a go.