Oakland schools security officers clash with protesters occupying closed Parker Elementary School

Oakland Unified School District security guards forcefully removed people who had been occupying Parker Elementary School on Thursday evening, but a group of protesters surged back to retake control of the shuttered building.

OUSD security arrived at the elementary school around 5 pm on Thursday when there were only two occupants in the building — Rebecca Ruiz, a Fruitvale resident and organizer, and another person, according to Ruiz. The guards said they planned to remove the occupiers, by physical force if necessary, Ruiz said, prompting her to send out a call on social media for supporters, who soon arrived.

Ruiz said school security officers tried to aggressively disperse the protesters. “(They) grabbed my arm and threw me into the wall,” she said, as she held an ice pack to her head after she and other protesters had regained control of the building.

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