A week after a knife fight injured a student on the first day of school, the Samohi campus has additional security measures in place and students are scheduled to receive additional information on code of conduct/behavior expectations. 

In a letter to parents, officials confirmed the fight occurred between two students who knew each other. A small, sharp object, believed to be a knife was used that caused cuts to both individuals. 

The suspect initially fled campus but was taken into custody shortly after the incident. 

Principal Marae Cruce said she appreciated the quick work of officials last week and that the campus is secure. 

“The District has upgraded security systems on campus, including cameras, upgraded digital locks on classroom doors and they have modernized intrusion, fire and emergency alarm systems,” she said in a letter to parents. “Campus security received training on incident response prior to the start of this school year.”

She said the campus is a place for students to feel safe while learning and exploring. 

“We welcome and support all students academically, socially and emotionally. Student and staff wellbeing, health and safety are our top priorities,” she said. “We are committed to these ideals.”

Officials said they were unable to share specific discipline outcomes of any student, due to privacy laws but said students involved in unacceptable behavior are disciplined to the full extent of the California Education Code and SMMUSD Board of Education policy. 

“Samohi utilizes restorative justice practices for prevention and response,” said Principal Marae Cruce. “We are proud of this school-wide program led by Rob Howard, who has trained our staff and student leaders, and facilitates the process for situations of this nature. Please note that restorative practices do not replace a consequence for actions, but are methods to restore a sense of community and an opportunity to process behaviors that we hope to not see repeated.”

According to Cruce, students will attend grade-level meetings over the next few weeks outlining the code of conduct and behavior expectations. She asked parents to remind their student that the code of conduct must be followed or students will face disciplinary action and consequences. 

“We do not tolerate activities such as what occurred on the first day of school,” she said. “We have a code of conduct and expectations that should be upheld by all of our students.”


Matthew Hall has a Masters Degree in International Journalism from City University in London and has been Editor-in-Chief of SMDP since 2014. Prior to working at SMDP he managed a chain of weekly papers...