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Clark County School District Police stress vigilance after rash of school threats and gun incidents

Posted at 5:51 PM, Mar 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-02 21:23:26-05

The Clark County School District has seen a rash of incidents ranging from threats, to guns found on school campuses and police addressed parents concerns Friday.

School police say vigilance is a big factor in combating both issues.

"See something, say something," said Lt. Roberto Morales with the Clark County School District Police Department.

"Be a good witness, go to an adult," added Lt. Morales.

Since July 1, 2017, school district police have removed 17 guns from school campuses. Officials said this is the same number recovered from school campuses during the previous school year.

On Friday police addressed the two gun incidents that occurred at Desert Rose Adult High School and Palo Verde High School.

"We had some individuals that made some bad choices and we deal with them accordingly, just like we always have," at Lt. Morales

Some parents are calling for better communication in the wake of the school incidents.

"It should be reported immediately," said Shannon Engelman, a parent of a Sophomore student at Palo Verde High School.

"I'd rather have an overreaction than no reaction and something happening," added Engelman.

Engelman says she did not get a notification about the gun incident at her daughter's school until her daughter sent her a notice from the school's website.

"It's scary as a parent, because there is nothing you can do and you rely on the school to take the proper steps to protect your kids," added Engelman.

School district police say instant communication is not always possible.

"I would caution instant [communication] because a lot of times there are situations that aren't what they were initially reported," said Lt. Morales.

School district officials stress parents should keep their email and phone numbers on file and up-to-date to receive timely alerts for school incidents.