Administrators at Norwalk Christian School in Norwalk, Calif. decided to close its doors for the rest of the week after learning that Christopher Dorner, an ex-LAPD officer and suspected murderer, had referenced the school in an online manifesto.
Dorner is currently the subject of a statewide manhunt in California because of his suspected involvement in three murders. While authorities said Thursday there was no reason to believe Dorner would return to Norwalk Christian School to attack staff and children, they nevertheless advised the school to close down.
"There's no reason to believe he's in the area," Norwalk Captain Pat Maxwell told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. "But he's shooting at armed police so we're taking precautions for school children."
Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca echoed his sentiment. "Rather than deal with this in a way that's going to cause us regret, we believe it's better to use preventative tools for the sake of the children," he said to the Tribune.
Dorner claims that he experienced racism while attending Norwalk Christian school as a child. In his online manifesto, Dorner said that a child called him a "nigger" on the playground and that he fought back. Both he and the other child were punished for their actions, but Dorner was galled that he was encourage to turn the other cheek at the racist display.
From the manifesto (Names redacted by The Huffington Post):
I grew up in neighborhoods where blacks make up less than 1%. My first recollection of racism was in the first grade at Norwalk Christian elementary school in Norwalk, CA. A fellow student, [REDACTED] if I can recall, called me a nigger on the playground. My response was swift and non-lethal. I struck him fast and hard with a punch and kick. He cried and reported it to a teacher. The teacher reported it to the principal. The principal swatted [REDACTED] for using a derogatory word toward me. He then for some unknown reason swatted me for striking Jim in response to him calling me a nigger. He stated as good Christians we are to turn the other cheek as Jesus did. Problem is, I’m not a fucking Christian and that old book, made of fiction and limited non-fiction, called the bible, never once stated Jesus was called a nigger. How dare you swat me for standing up for my rights for demanding that I be treated as a equal human being. That day I made a life decision that I will not tolerate racial derogatory terms spoken to me. Unfortunately I was swatted multiple times for the same exact reason up until junior high.
The elementary school sent a released to news outlets stating that any faculty Dorner mentioned in his manifesto are no longer employed at the school. They also disavowed Dorner's accusation that the school tolerated racist acts from students. The statement in full:
This is to confirm that Christopher Dorner was briefly a student at Norwalk Christian School in the late 1980’s. No administrative or faculty member currently associated with Norwalk Christian School was present during the time Mr. Dorner was enrolled. Norwalk Christian School has historically and continues to be a school with a zero tolerance for racial or ethnic bias. Any suggestion otherwise would be without merit. We continue to serve the educational interests of all of our students regardless of racial or ethnic background. We deeply regret this tragedy and our prayers are for those who have suffered because of Mr. Dorner’s actions.
Dorner also mentioned another school in his manifesto: Cypress High School in Anaheim, Calif. He claims that an assistant principal lied to Dorner's mother and police about a watch that was stolen.
From the manifesto:
[REDACTED], assistant principal, Cypress HS. Remember when you lied to my mother and the police officer in your office about stating that you never stated to me in a private conversation that you know the theft suspect [REDACTED] stole my watch. Let me refresh your memory. A physical education teachers assistant, a student, stole the list of combination codes to peoples lockers, from the P.E. teacher. That student then opened many of those lockers and stole students personal property. My watch was taken in that multi theft and I reported it to you. A week later you discovered that the theft suspect was [REDACTED], a student. You stated to me in private that you know for a fact he stole my property. When I attempted to retrieve my property from the suspect. Campus security was called and you lied and stated that you never stated to me that you “know he stole my watch”. You sat there and lied to their faces right in front of me. You said it with such a deliberate, stern face. I never forgot that and was not surprised when 13 years later I was lied on again in the BOR by [REDACTED]. maybe you can confess to your family at the very least in the private of your own home. After that, contact my mother and apologize for lying to her in 1996.
The Huffington Post reached out to administrators at Anaheim Union School District to see if Cypress High was taking any precautions during the hunt for Dorner. This story will be updated if they respond.
Christopher Dorner is currently the target in a state-wide manhunt in California. Police want to find the man responsible for three fatal shootings.
This story was updated to include the Norwalk Christian School's statement on their closure.