Nevada’s juvenile violence rating is at D+

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The Children’s Advocacy Alliance released it’s latest report card Wednesday, and it shows that the state, again scored very low receiving an overall grade of  ‘D.’

The report card scores health, child safety, education, and economic well being.

Health and economic well being received grades of D, while safety improved to a ‘C-.’  Education remained at an ‘F.’

The grades reflect how Nevada compares to other states.  Data shows families and children in Nevada do not have access to the resources needed to thrive.  

“We do want to emphasize that we’re making improvements but our grade really depends on — not only on how Nevada is improving — but also how states across the country are improving,” Denise Tanta with the Children’s Advocacy Alliance.

A new legislative briefing outlined ideas on how to overall improve the state. The report card helps show legislators where Nevada falls short.

One area falling short is juvenile justice when it comes to safety.  Data shows weapons on school campuses continue to increase as does the fear of violence.  With all of the guns confiscated at schools within in the Clark County School District this year, it’s definitely a trend Las Vegas valley residents are seeing. 

The juvenile justice ranking, which is a D+ is based on high school violence, which is not only about weapons on campus, but it also consists of dating violence, juvenile justice, and the fear of violence.

The latest information makes it unsettling for some people to see that reality in the state of Nevada.

“Where we lack, the violence creeps in,” said Jagada Chambers, People’s Action.

Tenata says the violence that keeps sneaking onto Nevada School Campuses is something that needs to be addressed. 

“It’s an issue that we need to look into a little bit more about why some of these things are happening.”

Data from the 2018 Nevada Children’s Report Card shows a fear of violence remains above the national average since 2011.

“I think the graph was really a mirror of Clark County,” said Jagada Chambers, People’s Action.

People’s Action is a national organization that assists the most marginalized communities,  including Clark County.

“We’re finding weapons on a regular basis now,” said Chambers. “How do we assess that in our community?”

On Tuesday, a 15-year-old boy was arrested for bringing a gun to Sunrise Mountain High School, making it the 11th gun-related arrest of a CCSD student since the school year started in August.

“What we’re doing to try and help these kids is obviously not working because we see the numbers ticking up,” Chambers said.

Some indicate it begins with targeting students economic well being. It was an area of focus in the 2019 legislative briefing book.   

“You have to be able to have access and environments that support you to be able to make some of the choices,” said Tara Phebus, the executive director at the Nevada Institute for Children’s Research and Policy at UNLV.

That requires funding according to children’s advocates.

“We’re going to have to find a way to get in and address these youths to know violence isn’t the answer,” Chambers said.

Some add there’s a need to create a safe environment for children, despite where the state keeps performing poorly.

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