Students beat custodian in Vallejo

October 30, 2008 9:12:51 AM PDT
Vallejo Unified School District is urgently developing a new safety plan after a stunningly brutal crime on a school campus. A female custodian was beaten and robbed by six students.

The students range in age from 12 to 16-years-old. It happened behind the gym last Friday at about 7:00 pm at Springstowne Middle School. Six kids were allegedly vandalizing the school when a female janitor in her 20s confronted them. They didn't run away, they ran towards her. They demanded money, she said she didn't have any; they took her cell phone and then beat her.

She called police who found the students across the street at a shopping center and arrested them.

The boys have been charged with assault and robbery. The school district will meet soon to make sure it doesn't happen again.

"We want to make sure all of our custodians, especially the nighttime workers - who sometimes have to work by themselves - feel safe. We are putting to together a meeting to discuss safety and what measures to make sure that are custodians are in a safe environment," said Jason Hodge, Vallejo Unified.

The students were taken to juvenile hall and were booked. They were in court on Wednesday. The school district intends to expel the students from their schools for a year. They will attend a community day school.

The janitor was more shaken then injured; she hurt her wrist during the attack. She hopes to come back to work in the near future.


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