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With each passing day, there is the possibility of having another devastating incident similar to the Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting or like the fatal Canyon Springs shooting on Tuesday, September 11th. It is time to take action.
This 2018-2019 school year, Clark County School District (CCSD) will enact the “Weapon Search Program” where administrators will conduct random weapon searches on students.
On Friday, October 19th, CCSD Superintendent Dr. Jesus F. Jara announced the policy describing it as, “one step we can take to ensure that our students will be more safe tomorrow than they are today.”
School District Police Chief Jim Kestaa added, “In addition to these new procedures, we encourage students to report any rumors of weapons, potential fights and other safety concerns to School Police or to the SafeVoice NV app.” Kestaa also asked parents to check backpacks before students leave to school and to secure weapons at home.
This might seem like a lot, but according to Jara, in the three months since school has started, eleven guns have been confiscated compared to the six guns last year around this time.
Searches will be done in two ways, as students enter the campus, or as a class.
The student will be directed to a location selected to be the search room where they will be asked to remove all metallic items. A staff member will then proceed to scan the student with a handheld metal detector, if an activation occurs, the student will be asked if they are in possession of any metal objects. If it is removable, they will be asked to take it off and they will be scanned once again if not, the searcher shall visibly confirm the student’s explanation or lightly touch the area which is causing the repeated disturbance.
If further investigation is required, the student will be subject to a pat-down by a same gender school administrator.
When an item in violation of District or school policies is discovered, it will be confiscated. Disciplinary action and/or other consequences may be executed.
Sophomore Nicole Colin said, “I think it’s a good idea that they’re doing random weapon searches because it helps people to be safer and because you never know who’s going to bring any weapons.”
Not everyone will agree that this step is necessary, but everyone can agree that action is needed. No student should be afraid to go to school out of fear of getting hurt or killed and no parent should have to think twice before letting their child walk out the door to get their education.
School should be a safe environment for both students and staff. Let’s work towards that goal and protect America’s pupils and educators.
Photo Caption: Jara announcing the new “Weapons Search Program” to all of Clark County.
Photo Credit: CCSD