LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — On Thursday, parents, teachers, and students had the opportunity to voice their concerns about school violence at a Clark County School District trustee board meeting.
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Parents, students, and advocacy groups alike expressed their concern with the level of violence in the district as trustees heard from different organizations about student discipline changes and efforts by CCSD Police and other organizations to create a safe environment for learning.
Ramont Williams put three kids through CCSD and has a senior son at Chaparral High School.
"I've been here my whole life, and nothing has changed," he said.
Williams said the environment created by violent students within the school has made it difficult for him to keep his son on track.
"They're products of their environment," he said. "My son, as a result, I have to stay on him, but what about the parents that can't be up at the school daily that's working two or three jobs just to pay their bills?"
This comes amid widespread concern in the community over recent violent incidents at schools across the valley, several of which were captured on video. The latest report from CCSD shows there were at least 6,154 calls for service placed to the district's police department so far this school year — corrected from the 5,350 calls the district previously reported. By comparison, there were 6,201 calls for service to CCSD Police in the 2019-20 school year.
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The district's report shows there were 405 recorded violent acts at Clark County school in January of this year, compared with 707 in January of 2020 and 600 in January of 2019. (There were three reported in 2021, when students were learning from home during the pandemic).
Violent acts recorded by the district include assault (16), battery (22), fighting (249), possession of weapons (58), sexual assault (zero), theft (18), and threats (42).
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