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Concerns Rise Regarding Guns at Las Vegas Schools

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LAS VEGAS - Clark County School District Police are planning Friday to release statistics that show an increase in the number of students bringing weapons to class.

"There are some concerns… Last year this time, we had seven weapons. As of today, we are now at five, and we are working a couple of other cases," Clark County School District Police Lt. Ken Young said. "We attribute a lot of it to the weather. Normally, we won't see student increase in activity until it starts warming up. As you know, this year, it has been unseasonably warm weather for us this January."

The most recent incident occurred Thursday at Cheyenne High School. Police following up on an investigation uncovered a student packing a loaded 32-caliber handgun.

"The initial information is that the student carried it for protection in the neighborhood as he's going to and from, nothing related to the school," Young said. "So far, there was no indication that the student had any altercation with anybody there at the school. He did not have anybody he was after at the school."

"Just strange, why would there be one? I mean it's a nice school here. There's no reason to," said student Cotey Seaman.

The 18-year-old who brought the gun is expected to be charged and expelled.

Earlier this week at Centennial High School, another student was found carrying a 9mm handgun on campus.

"That's dumb. I mean why would you bring a gun to school? It's pointless," student Juan Munoz said.

The Centennial 16-year-old will also be held responsible, but police say parents also need to be held accountable.

"We need you all at the front line as parents - that you are checking your kids as you are leaving for school. Take a look at their backpacks. See what's going on in their rooms," Young said.

Police say the District Attorney's Office is reviewing both cases for possible criminal action.

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