CCSD discusses how it evaluates and releases info on school threats

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Another threat involving a Clark County school had parents on edge.

Although this one was deemed not credible, no details about the threat itself were released. Now, parents and students are asking why?

“We crafted this message for social media to go out to the whole CCSD community,” said Kirsten Searer, CCSD spokesperson.

The school district’s tweet from Sunday only stated that “this concern was resolved quickly and deemed non-credible.”

8 News Now has learned the threat was circulating on social media and involved multiple schools in the Henderson area including Liberty High School.

“Safety is our absolute number one priority,” Searer said. “We would never have students come to a campus if we had a concern that something was going to occur.”

Still, some parents want answers.

This woman, asking, “What was the threat and what is the outcome?”

CCSD says in cases like this, the school district doesn’t release more information because of federal privacy laws regarding juveniles.

“We need to evaluate whether or not some sort of criminal investigation is going to occur, whether or not the particular student involved was in distress,” Searer said.

When it comes to what information they can release, CCSD officials say there’s a balance they need to strike and it’s done on a case-by-case basis,” she said.

“You really have to balance making sure that everybody knows that their child is safe at school that next day, with not causing even more panic and concern over something that we know was not remotely credible,” Searer said.

Sometimes if an issue is minor enough, CCCSD won’t alert the whole district.

“It’s when it starts to travel from school to school that we decide to do more widespread messaging,” according to Searer.

That’s what happened this weekend.

CCSD says only one student was involved and school police and Metro had the situation under control within hours.

“We know this is very concerning to parents to see these headlines, what we want to say though is the system’s working,” Searer said. “People are reporting concerns that they see.”

The school district says they received about 50 calls regarding that incident through it’s anonymous reporting app Safe Voice Nevada.

It’s a statewide program with 12 dispatchers that take all the tips and pass along anything necessary. The program came online in early January.

Since the beginning of the school year, CCSD is averaging about 23 calls a day.
 

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