LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A recent rise in violent incidents on valley campuses has Clark County School district students and parents calling for change. Some teenagers 8 News Now spoke with Wednesday said they felt CCSD district leaders weren’t keeping them safe.
“I get just anxious attacks and I just can not; I’m shaking,” Chaparral High School senior Manny Acevedo said.
Acevedo and his peers said their daily experiences on campus have been anything but comforting. If anything, they say they’ve added to the mounting concerns some families feel before the first bell rings.
“Every time we come to school she has angels put around you,” Chaparral High School junior Rosie said of an everyday ritual her family does when they drop her off at school. “She says a little prayer.”
Just last week, police arrested a 15-year-old boy for bringing a loaded gun on Chaparral High School’s campus. This is just one of several CCSD schools that’s dealt with dangerous threats in just the last few weeks.
A 16-year-old Del Sol Academy student was also arrested for bringing a loaded gun on campus last Thursday. Officers later connected him to the murder of a 75-year-old security guard.
Less than a week later, a large police presence was reported at Centennial High School after a physical fight sent one student to the hospital.
“We’re just so nervous and anxious about these things,” Acevedo said of the recent incidents. “It’s like I don’t want to come to school.”
Safety is an issue CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara has vowed to work on in his five-year plan for the district.
“It gives me pause to make sure what we’re doing in our schools,” Jara said. “Or finding ways to make sure our children are safe.”
The plan includes more school police, better security cameras and even a mention of metal detectors. Acevedo and other students told 8 News Now these efforts could make a difference.
“It might be an excessive thing, but in all honesty, it could help us a lot,” Acevedo said of metal detectors at his school.
CCSD officials told 8 News Now most of these changes are set to take effect the next school year. However, they also haven’t set a specific date for implementation.
Students like Acevedo hope their overwhelming worries can spark the change they need to see now.
“I hopefully wish that nobody really has to go through what I went through,” Acevedo added. “Take action to prevent this stuff because we can not just have this.”
So far the district has announced a new safety program involving random searches of students to deter weapons on campus. For more information on CCSD safety plans go here.