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Student Brings Firearm to Ygnacio Valley High School, School Fights, and Community Meeting Set

by ECT

On Friday, April 21, a handgun was located on the campus of Ygnacio Valley High School in the City of Concord.

According to Principal Jonathan Pike, the Concord Police Department responded and the gun was secured and actions were taken to remove the student from campus.

Meanwhile, following this incident, Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark said a few fights at the school occurred while there was a shooting Saturday, April 23.

A community meeting has been Set for April 26, 2022 at Meadow Homes Elementary School beginning at 6:00 pm to discuss the recent impacts of community events.

Dear Ygnacio Valley High School Community,

This letter is to inform you that one of our Ygnacio Valley High School students brought a weapon to school today. The weapon has been confiscated and the student removed from campus. Our school and District is committed to the safety and education of all our students. We also want to clearly communicate with parents about safety issues when they arise.

There have been several fights on campus this week that have disrupted the learning environment and created unsafe situations. We have provided additional administrators and security personnel to assist in supervision during lunch as well as dismissal. The Concord Police Department has also been notified of these events and officers are assisting with maintaining a safe environment.

Please discuss this incident with your students and emphasize that it is against the law to bring weapons of any type to school. Also, please emphasize the importance of your student telling you or a staff member if there is a weapon at school. In this way, we are all working together to keep our school safe.

Please feel free to reach out to your student’s teacher, counselor or administrator if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.


Dr. Adam Clark

Dear Ygnacio Valley High School students, staff, families and community,

As most of you are aware, there have been recent incidents in the community and on the campus that have had an impact on Ygnacio Valley high school.

On Friday, April 21, a handgun was located on campus that had been brought to school by a student.  With the assistance of Concord Police Department, the gun was promptly secured and the appropriate actions were taken to remove the student from campus, all the while ensuring safety on campus for all students and staff members as our first priority

In response to this incident, and other incidents that have happened in recent weeks, the Mt. Diablo Unified School District has been proactive in ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, staff, and community. In addition to reassigning district office staff members to YVHS, we are working closely with Concord Police department as well as a private security company to add additional personnel to the campus.

Entrance and exit from campus has been and will be subject to increased monitoring and check-in for school business only, as well as increased school site patrols.

Steps have been taken to revise policies for students being on campus but not in classrooms as this is impacting our ability to keep the campus secure. Students that choose not to go to class will be brought to the office and a phone call home will be made to parents for support to ensure that everyone’s safety is the utmost priority. Students who refuse to follow directives of staff members to return to class may be subject to additional consequences.

For those students and staff members in need of support, we will have counseling staff available.

We will be inviting all families to a community town hall meeting this week where we will discuss what steps we have taken and also hear your voices in partnership to ensure Ygnacio Valley High School is a safe place of learning for students.  Please look for further details on a date, time, and place for this meeting.

We will continue to keep you informed and up to date with any further information as it becomes available.  We thank you for your time, understanding, and support during this challenging  time.


Jonathan Pike
Ygnacio Valley High School

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Mark Kiernan Apr 26, 2022 - 1:39 pm

This is what happens when families from Oakland and Richmond get relocated into what used to be a mostly white middle class community. I went o Ygnacio in the mid 70’s we didn’t have problems like this. Growing up in that area was safe and people got along. Even when they bussed students from Pittsburg over to Ygnacio after a fire destroyed their school we all got along with each other. Of course Ghetto Gangsta Rap had not been invented yet. Relocating ethnic minorities from the housing projects of Oakland and Richmond to Contra Costa, especially west and east county, is responsible for all this violence at schools. In the projects it’s just how it is and very little effort is made to address the bad behavior. In fact the trend is for liberal city and county government to normalize bad behavior and label anyone who speaks out against this unacceptable behavior as a racist.

MsKris Apr 28, 2022 - 12:58 am

You have absolutely no idea who these kids are or where they came from. You are completely 100% wrong. They are not from Oakland or Richmond. This is the most prejudiced, racist, ignorant comment I’ve read in a long time. And comparing a community from over 50 years ago and expecting the democratic and all aspects of it to be the same in and of itself speaks volumes as to your mindset. Poor guy. NOTHING is as it was over 50 years ago. You really think you got it all figured out. It’s almost funny. And KIERNAN was an ethnic minority too! Let’s throw some stereotypes around about the Irish…..poor, low class, lazy, violent, criminals who were a bunch of drunks…..maybe go read a few books about yourself and your peoples struggle immigrating to this country. GET OVER YOURSELF.

EdgarLOLWhites Apr 27, 2022 - 12:51 pm

oh mark, youre just being a typical boomer, did you know some of the crime in the areas are people from concord,pittsburg,antioch and surrounding cities? youre just a lame boomer

Alyssa D. Apr 28, 2022 - 6:19 pm

Excuse me sir, but it seems like you have something against the continuation of the civil rights movement into the ’70s as well as young people from poorer communities. If I may, I would like to suggest that you read up on the history of redlining and socioeconomic factors that contribute to criminal lifestyle. I hope this may possibly broaden your understanding of different perspectives and the history behind the making of American “ghettos.”
I suggest “VI. Making The Second Ghetto” from Ta-Nehisi Coates’ essay “The Case for Reparations” and Richard Rothstein’s “The Color of Law,” the latter of which I have not yet read but have heard great things about. If you prefer something shorter, I’d recommend this article: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/05/the-racist-housing-policy-that-made-your-neighborhood/371439/ or this video: https://youtu.be/O5FBJyqfoLM?t=34
I hope you consider this comment with an open mind and heart.

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