By Littlerock resident Loraine Villavicencio
My 17-year-old son, Guillermo, is an 11th grade student at Littlerock High School. Guillermo was the student assaulted by security guards at the school on Thursday, Nov. 13.
That day Guillermo was attending an assembly, and the security guards approached him and another student and told them that they were already present at the previous assembly and then asked them to leave. Guillermo told the security officer, C. Leonhardt, that he had not attended the previous assembly. What Guillermo stated to the security officer was true and verified by the assistant principal, F. Tremonti.
The security officer and Guillermo went back and forth over this information. The security officer asked Guillermo to leave the assembly with him. Guillermo refused, so the security officer grabbed Guillermo’s left arm. Guillermo yanked his arm away and in the process ended up elbowing the security officer.
Because Guillermo would not leave with him, the security guard placed his arms around Guillermo’s neck in a chokehold and lifted him up off of his seat in the bleachers in the chokehold.
Guillermo continued to struggle with the security guard to get out of the chokehold, and both he and the security guard fell on the bleachers.
Another security guard came and lifted Guillermo off of C. Leonhardt, and then they hand-cuffed Guillermo and took him to the office. Guillermo was suspended from school for five days for telling the truth and refusing to leave the assembly with the security guards. Nothing happened to the other student who also refused to leave the assembly.
On the report given to me about the incident, there is nothing stated about a chokehold. They have called it a “bear hug”.
Students at Littlerock High School have stated that the security guards put students in chokeholds all the time. I have photographs of the marks left on my son around his neck, on his chest, his wrists, and leg.
I tried to report this to the Palmdale Sheriff Station on Thursday, Nov. 13 (the date of the incident). I spoke to the Watch Commander, and he stated that it was a “civil matter” and would not take the report.
I do not know the name of the security company that is hired by Antelope Valley Union High School District to do security at their schools. We did a great deal of searching on the internet to find the name of the security company, but all we found out is that they are hired by the AVUHS district.
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Editor’s note: The AV Times has reached out to officials at Littlerock High School and the Antelope Valley Union High School District. We will update this letter with a response from them, if it becomes available.