Parents want better security at Centennial High School; son was seriously hurt in fight

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A local family is calling for better security on campus after their son was hospitalized during a fight at Centennial High School. 

“I should be able to send my son to school, and my son should be able to be fine,” said Shannon Smith, Xavion Smith’s mother!  “My son left, and by seven o’ clock he was here at UMC.”

The incident happened inside one of the bathrooms at the school Wednesday morning. Centennial High School is located in the northwest part of the Las Vegas valley at Centennial Parkway and Hualapai Way.

8 News NOW spoke with 15-year-old Xavion Smith’s parents about his condition. They have not left his side since he was injured.  Shannon and Rashad Smith say Xavion is fighting for his life at University Medical Center.  Xavion’s family haven’t been able to communicate with him, but they’re hopeful that he will pull through.

The Smiths say they’re heartbroken and upset that their son is the victim of school violence.

“It’s not fair. Somebody needs to step in and do something,” Shannon said. “It’s wrong. It’s happening all over the world. It’s wrong.”

According to police, Xavion and another student got into a fight in the school’s bathroom.  Xavion was the only one hospitalized.

“The worst of my life; the worst of my life,” said Rashad Smith.

Rumors that another person was waiting inside of the bathroom for Xavion haven’t been proven. A spokesperson for sent the following statement:

“The school has no reports of an adult (who should not have been on campus) waiting in the bathroom during the incident.

School staff contacted the person listed as the emergency contact for the student the day of the incident, which is normal protocol. A school administrator also met with the student’s family/guardians yesterday (Thursday).

High school campuses are monitored by school police, campus monitors and all school staff work to be vigilant. “

“I believe that the school district is 100 percent at fault,” said Rashad Smith, Xavion’s father. I believe that something has to change and we’re going to see that it changes.”

The smith’s want better security at schools in the wake of what happened to their son.

“Any parent that would be in our situation, I’m pretty sure that they would be upset,” said Shannon Smith, Xavion’s mother. “I’m hurt. Somebody should be held responsible for the situation.”

The other student was arrested, and he is facing charges of causing substantial bodily harm and battery.

A school administrator also met with Xavion’s family yesterday to discuss what happened.

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