Racial threat at Arbor View High School ignites change

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Superintendent Jesus Jara’ plan to address ongoing racial issues within the Clark County School District has entered into phase two. 

“Nothing like this has really ever happened at this scale in the Clark County School District,” says Kevin McPartlin, principal at Arbor View High School. 

In March, an Instagram post calling for the killing of black students at Arbor View High school surfaced. Two students have since been arrested and convicted and sentenced for their part in the threatening posts. 

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Phase one of the solution focused on gathering data and observing how students and staff interact.

“Engage with stakeholder groups to ensure we are understanding the problem and fully addressing concerns in the community,” the plan states. 

Our TV cameras weren’t allowed inside the meeting for the next phase, where CCSD officials discussed how teachers and parents can better understand diversity.

“We want to own it; that something like this will happen means there’s something’s that are under the surface that maybe aren’t jumping out of us right away, but we need to address,” McPartlin said. 

The Anti-Defamation League will host a two-day program at Arbor View High School.

“We see the rise of racism, bigotry, and anti-antisemitism at historic levels. So, these are issues that the ADL is having to address daily,” said Jolie Brislin, Nevada Regional Director at the Anti-Defamation League.

Phase three will begin in the fall with the district’s Equity and Diversity Department who will assess the district’s progress.

“No child should go to school scared wondering if they’re going to make it home because they’ve been targeted because of the color of their skin,” said Akiko Cooks, a parent. 

Besides the incident at Arbor View High School, board trustee Danielle Ford referred to students as “colored” at a school board meeting in April.

“These are not conversations that we want to have with our students in 2019, but if they are going to take place, we can’t pretend that they’re not and we will continue to educate our community and our society on why this is not OK,” Brislin said. 

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