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Videos show chaos at Desert Oasis High School as campus goes on second lockdown in two days

Thursday's due to fights on campus, school says
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Posted at 11:18 AM, Mar 10, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-10 21:40:41-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Several videos obtained by 13 Action News show what may have contributed to the second lockdown at Desert Oasis High School in two days.

In one video, recorded from a high angle onto a lower floor, shows a chaotic scene. A crowd of students watches what appears to be a fight between four or five students. Some are on the ground while others kick and throw punches.

UPDATE: Adult, teen arrested, 9 teens cited after fights put Desert Oasis High School on lockdown

In a second video, a crowd of people is seen watching a smaller group scuffle. At one point, what looks to be a uniformed officer or security guard is seen on top of another person as adults struggle to get the scene under control.

Watch both videos below.

WATCH FULL | Chaotic scene at Desert Oasis High School in Las Vegas

According to a message from the school to parents, Thursday's lockdown was due to fights on campus.

On Wednesday, the school went on lockdown as school police investigated a report of a weapon on campus. Authorities say no weapon was found.

CONTINUING COVERAGE: School safety: Concerns over violence in the Clark County School District

Clark County School District has seen an uptick in violence. This school year alone, more than 5,000 incidents have been reported, and physical fights topped the list. CCSD says it has a zero-tolerance policy for attacks on campus and that those who engage in violent acts, assaults and bullying will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

CCSD PD says 1 adult male was arrested for battery and fighting-affray and breach of peace and booked in CCDC. 1 juvenile was arrested and booked into juvenile booking for fighting-affray and breach of peace. 1 juvenile was cited for battery, fighting-affray, and breach of peace and 8 other juveniles were cited for fighting-affray and breach of peace.

Micah Piper, a freshman at the high school says experiencing his second lockdown in two days made him feel unsafe on campus. He says some of his classmates are more interested in social media clout than helping stop fights.

“It’s like the first thing that happens is people pull out their phones instead of trying to stop it and it’s more popularity and safety," he said.

He'd like to some changes at the school.

“I feel like we need a bit more supervision in the halls and other places," he said.

His mother, Valrose Piper says her son was attacked by a student earlier in the school year. She believes there needs to be stricter punishment for students provoking violence.

“My son was attacked and the boy was supposed to be out for five days and in two days he was back in class," she said.

She says while school police and school administrators can intervene, some responsibility falls on parents.

“It begins at home and you have to be there for your children. You have to talk with them. You have to know what’s going on," she said.

On Thursday, parents, teachers, and students will have the opportunity to voice their concerns at a CCSD trustee board meeting. The meeting starts at 5 p.m. at the district's education building located at 2832 East Flamingo Road.

13 Action News is continuing to follow reports and speak with educators and parents about student safety. You can find our full coverage on ktnv.com/SchoolSafety.


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