A murder at Kennedy Park Feb. 29, directly behind James Logan High School's baseball field, prompted school officials to urge students and others to call a police tip line with information on that crime and other recent murders in the community.
Police arrested a 16-year-old boy in the case last week.
According to published reports and information provided by the school's administration, the shooting took place right before the Varsity Girls Softball game was going to be played.
According to the reports, several men in hooded sweat shirts began to open fire on a car with two men inside in an attempted robbery. The driver was shot and tried to maneuver and get away his car to the other side of the park. The car had several bullets shots by this time and ended up crashing on 12th street into other vehicles that were parked. UCPD and the ambulance quickly took the wounded passenger immediately to emergency medical aid but the driver died at the scene.
At Logan, administrators tried to keep the campus, rocked late last year by the off-campus murder of freshman Vernon Eddins and other recent killings, as calm as possible, partly by tamping down rumors and misinformation.
The following Monday morning Logan staff and faculty met with SRO to review the situation that happened close to campus.
Teachers have been told if they hear any information that might be helpful they should immediately contact Logan Principal Don Montoya.
All students at Logan during third period were told by their teachers to consider making use of the Union City Police Department's Anonymous Tip Line, 510 (675-5207). "Please write this phone number on the board so that students can copy it down discretely during class time...or you could even ask everyone to write it down so that no one is "singled-out" while writing it," Montoya wrote in an email to the school's staff.
"The tip line is a voice mail line, so the caller just leaves information anonymously on a confidential recording...they do NOT talk with a live person," he wrote.
Still, students appeared hesitant to use the hotline.
“My teacher said that we don’t have to talk to anyone ,but it seems a bit sneaky,” said Karen Felix, a senior.
“I doubt this will be a success. Most students would rather not even get involved in these types of situations,” said Rubeen Dhillon, a freshman.
Despite the murder and arrest, the Logan campus remained peaceful last week, and few rumors circulated regarding the crime.
“Unexpectedly, there weren’t many [rumors] except for a few kids randomly mentioning what happened on Friday. There are definitely less rumors going on today than after the shooting of Vernon,” said Shayla Kennedy, a senior.