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Arbor View High School parents launch campaign against racism

CCSD and parents partner to stop racism in schools
Posted at 8:10 AM, Aug 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-05 14:56:46-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV)  — The first day of school is close and a group of parents are hoping to see change.

Last school year Arbor View High School was the center of controversy when racial threats were made towards a group of African-American students.

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Soon after that incident parents of those targeted came together to create a anti-racism movement in Hopes of improving the culture.

In March of 2019, Akiko Cooks and a group of other moms launched No Racism in School #1865.

Together they created a list of demands the wanted Clark County School District to follow in the event a threat like this happens again.

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Among those eight demands is a plan to create a crisis response team, address mental health and re-evaluate safety procedures in schools.

School leader recognized a problem too and partnered with this group to come to a resolution.

CCSD released this statement about the recent improvements their making this year:

“The Cultural Turnaround Process continues at Arbor View High School. Teachers, administrators and support professionals are going through training provided by the National Equity Project. Working to be proactive, that same training has been extended to the elementary and middle schools that feed into Arbor View. All of our efforts are focused on making sure every student and staff member feels safe on campus by encouraging dialogue centered around acceptance and respect for every member of our community. The equity professional learning plan will be added to other schools in the coming months.”

To learn more about No Racism in School #1865, click here.