A man who appeared to be intoxicated entered the Burbank High School campus on Tuesday at about 1:26 p.m.
The custodial staff who spotted the man immediately contacted the school administrator who responded to the call. The assistant principal then confronted the individual and asked him to leave campus. When the individual refused, the Burbank Police Department was called, and the man was arrested soon after.
“Because our community is enjoying summer vacation, there were not many students on campus. Some students were in the quad returning textbooks and some students were on campus for athletics,” said acting Superintendent John Paramo to stakeholders in an email on Wednesday. “The students who were at school for athletics were supervised by the coaching staff. Additionally, there are two administrators at BHS this week.”
Since a safety review was initiated in the spring of 2023, a series of efforts to fortify school security are in progress which include, but are not limited to, fencing and a new system for campus entry to be initiated in the fall.
“District administration and the Board of Education are continuing to engage in conversations and collaboration with the city of Burbank, the Burbank Police Department and our school resource officer to focus on streamlining pathways to additional safety improvements for the Burbank High School campus,” Paramo added. “We will be meeting with our city partners in the next couple of weeks to do a site walk for the Burbank High School campus to ensure we have considered every potential option for improving our security.”
First published in the July 1 print issue of the Burbank Leader.