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Parents of bullied students are demanding more accountability

Posted at 6:13 PM, Dec 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-07 23:53:42-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — A few Las Vegas parents want something to be done when it comes to protecting their children against bullying.

13 Action News spoke to moms who said their kids were both beaten up, this school year, at the same school - Johnson Junior High School.

"This is becoming worse and worse. We see repercussions in school shootings because of it," Stacey Short said.

Earlier this year, the Clark County School District introduced the Safe Voice Application - bullying or threats can be reported anonymously on the app. However, parents said it's not enough.

"Somewhere the school district needs to help parents educate our children about what their rights are. What their voice does and not just go here's an app. Use it," Short said.

When Jennifer Kmiec's daughter was beaten up, other students were recording it on their phones. The video was then shared online hundreds of times.

The district requested not to show the video, but the mother says it has traumatized her daughter. The 13-year-old suffered a broken nose and was afraid to go back to school after the incident.

"My daughter is afraid to go to school, and she's just sitting at my house doing her work by herself," Kmiec said.

CCSD has programs to help reduce bullying.

These include a 'No Place for Hate' program that works to educate on how to reduce bullying and all forms of harassment. There's also a 'No One Eats Alone' initiative where students are encouraged to make sure everyone is included at break and students sitting with new classmates.