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Parent anger over school violence continues to boil over at CCSD Trustee meetings

The Clark County School District Headquarters at Sahara and Decatur in Las Vegas as seen in July 2020
Posted at 9:50 PM, Mar 24, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-25 16:12:58-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Violence in Clark County schools was front and center once again at Thursday's CCSD Board of Trustees meeting as parents and students alike made desperate pleas for change.

Desert Oasis High special education teacher Diane Iuliucci made her first ever appearance in front of the board and said the problem of violence at DOHS, and across the district, has gotten out of hand.

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"Those last two weeks at Desert Oasis is really brought a lot to light," Iuliucci said. "It just kept, over and over and over it kept happening. Students are just, they're out of control."

Iuliucci said she constantly worried about her students, her kids about to graduate, and her own safety.

"It's overbearing worrying about everyone all at once," she said.

Parent Cherish Morgan said new partnerships with groups like Dads in Schools were promising, but the help hasn't come fast enough.

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"When we asked for action all we got was we'll talk about a meeting, and then we'll have a meeting about a meeting about a meeting," Morgan said.

Morgan called for the district's new Restorative Justice plan for student discipline and correction to be implemented as soon as possible.

She has also formed a group of parents ready to get into the schools as volunteer monitors but said they've constantly run into red tape and roadblocks barring them from entry.

"When you're completely blocking us from keeping our kids safe because you won't keep our kids safe, it becomes a problem."

Requests for CCSD response to parent concerns went unanswered.

At a meeting March 10, district officials said they plan to launch full implementation and training for the Restorative Justice program beginning in April.