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Arbor View students face judge in racist threats case; parents want clarity

Posted at 6:22 PM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-05 21:36:45-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Parents of Arbor View High School students are demanding changes be made following threats made against black students in school.

One of the two students accused admitted to making terroristic threats in front of a judge Friday afternoon. The other student's case continues in court.

But, parents of students who were targeted say that's not enough.

"Our children did not go to school for weeks. Our children have been frightened. They cant walk to the store now."

The concerned parents refused to be identified and want to be collectively called as 'No Racism in Schools #1865' instead. They all sat in court as the two teens accused of targeting black students calling for “Columbine part 2” faced a judge.

Now these parents are pushing the Clark County School District to address "cultural issues". They're also concerned about what they say is lack of transparency -- and communication by CCSD and Arbor View staff.

"No child should go to school scared wondering if they are going to make it home. Because they've been targeted by the color of their skin."

During a previous trustee meeting, the district laid out its "cultural turn around process". It includes:

  • An additional dean to provide more eyes on the climate and culture of the school and to follow up on inquiries regarding this ongoing process
  • Listening and gathering information through a needs assessment from multiple stakeholder groups
  • Various forms of student outreach
  • Creating training opportunities that align to the needs of students and staff
  • Holding all adults and students accountable for what has been learned

CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara emphasized he will not allow students to be or feel threatened due to intolerant remarks or behavior.

Parents say they will attend the next trustee meeting and continue to push for accountability from the school and the district. They won't stop until they see actual change.

"Racism in schools will not be tolerated."