Clark County School District Police, along with CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus Jara held a news conference Wednesday about guns on campus and school safety.
District officials talked about the spike in gun crimes on campus. A total of seven firearms have been confiscated so far this school year. During the same time last year, that number was two.
Dr. Jara said it’s clear that there’s a problem with guns on school campuses, so he’s putting together an advisory group.
Dr. Jara said this is not only a CCSD issue; it’s a community issue.
“My real concern is that making sure that my children, all 322,000 of them when they come to school, they are free to learn in a safe environment,” Jara said.
Dr. Jara says he wants to find a solution which is why he is forming an advisory committee made up of educators, religious leaders, and families.
“The job of this group, I want to be very clear, is to suggest ways we can specifically address the weapons on campus,” said Dr. Jara.
Clark County School Police says it will assign one of its officers to work with Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s gang unit.
Authorities wouldn’t say how many of the guns found at schools are tied to gangs, but CCSD Police Chief James Ketsaa says they are noticing a trend.
“There seems to be one common denominator in these incidents,” Chief Ketsaa said. “Their guns are either involved or were involved in another crime or were not tracked by their owners properly.”
Chief Ketsaa says they are having a hard time getting information from students, but they are reminding the public, there are ways to report safety concerns anonymously.
The program, Safe Voice, is available through an app, online, and over the phone. As of Aug. 1, CCSD has received more than 700 tips.
“I can promise that we will continue to do everything in our power to ensure that our schools are safe and our students have the peace of mind that they deserve every single day,” said Dr. Jara.
The superintendent is expecting recommendations from the advisory group by Dec. 1.
He says he plans to present those to the CCSD Board of Trustees for possible action.