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Community gathers to find solutions to gun violence

Posted at 7:02 PM, Sep 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 22:02:44-04

The community came together at an event hoping to bring about solutions to gun violence.

Since school started, there have been 7 cases of guns found on Clark County School campuses.

The most recent case involved a 9-year-old bringing a .22 caliber handgun to Helen Marie Smith Elementary School. In that case, the child's father is facing child endangerment charges becuase the gun was allegedly not secured properly.

In another case, Dalvin Brown, an 18-year-old student was shot and killed near Canyon Springs High School.

The violence also has extended outside of schools.  A 7-year-old was hit in the back after being caught in gunfire near Tropicana and Spencer.

The spike in gun violence prompted CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara to announce a task force involving parents, teachers, principals, and faith and community leaders focusing on solutions to gun violence.

At City Hall, Pastor Troy Martinez hosted an event aimed at doing that.  "What you see happening in these schools is happening at home and in our neighborhoods, it's what our city is facing," he says.

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The event featured a special guest, Darrell Scott, who lost his daughter, Rachel in the Columbine High School shooting in Colorado in 1999.

He shares her story nationwide hoping to inspire young people to change the culture of violence.  He says with so many school shootings, we've become too desensitized. "It's just human nature, if you're exposed to something long enough you get used to it, it almost becomes the norm," he says.

The CCSD's task force is hoping to make recommendations on gun violence to the Board of Trustees by December.