UPDATE: In an email message to parents, West Hollywood Elementary School’s principal yesterday said the school had “held an impromptu parent meeting in the auditorium at school and began to address safety concerns in one of our classes. In an effort to provide support to students we will have a representative from School Mental Health Services on campus on Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Please reach out to me at the school office at 310.274.5313 or firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish for your child to speak with a representative.”
Neither Principal Lehman nor the Los Angeles Unified School District has responded to date to requests from WEHOville for information about the incidents that spurred the demonstration described below by parents outside the school on Wednesday.
A half dozen parents led by “Sharknado” and “Beverly Hills 90210” star Ian Ziering led a demonstration outside West Hollywood Elementary School this morning to demand the school take action regarding a student who they accused of engaging in bullying and violent behavior.
In an interview with TMZ, Ziering said the second grade student this year alone has “beaten up and bloodied” 10 students and forced the evacuation of two classrooms. Since kindergarten, Ziering said, the student has threatened to kill a fellow student and tried to suffocate one with a bean bag.
Ziering and his wife, Erin, have two daughters, ages five and seven, both of whom attend the school.
Ziering said he and other parents have asked the Los Angeles Unified School District to deal with the issue but nothing has been done.
WEHOville reached out to West Hollywood Elementary Principal Elizabeth Lehman, who refused to take our call and referred us to someone who apparently is on the LAUSD staff and hasn’t responded as of publication to our inquiry.
Ziering told TMZ he won’t drop the issue, saying there are problems that “have to be addressed. If I leave the school that’s just leaving the problem there. It has to be dealt with.”