Students of the Academia Avance charter school in Highland Park, and many of their parents, were on edge last February.

It was the morning after a classmate’s father, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, had been detained by federal immigration agents as he dropped off his children at school. So when a parent drove by and spotted uniformed law enforcement officials speaking to two students near the school, alarm bells sounded in their minds.

Frantic calls were made to Academia Avance’s executive director, Ricardo Mireles. “ICE agents have our students!” one parent told him…

Read more in the Los Angeles Daily News.