School was once a refuge for children trying to find themselves. Free from parents’ strict rules, surrounded by peers with a day full of activities and lessons. There have always been bullies, always been fights, always been issues that pubescent adolescents had to navigate, but students were always surrounded by people who care.

Teachers and administrators did not have a standard operating procedure for every circumstance that may arise. Teachers could hug a student who needed a hug, or physically restrain a student who was out of control to protect the population, and they did not need to sign a form stating that the safety and welfare of our children was paramount. The profession implied it. Those days are long gone as liability and projecting blame have become the hallmark of any and all institutions.

Last week there was a false alarm at Chaparral High School, in the middle of Las Vegas, where there was a lockdown due to an expected fire, which reportedly was a single paper towel being set ablaze in a girl’s bathroom. During the evacuation some students never returned to school (or were not there in the first place). Then, shortly before noon, a time where students should be up to their neck in mathematical proofs, science experiments, and discussions on classical literature, a shootout took place, within earshot of the campus, between more than a half dozen individuals. At least two students were hospitalized with gunshot wounds and up to five people total were shot.

Earlier that day, at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, a student arrived in the principal’s office at seven in the morning and left in handcuffs after beating a principal’s secretary with her radio, repeatedly hitting her and trying to choke her. Before being handcuffed, the seventeen year old assailant tried to fight the responding officers. Employees from the school were quoted as saying that most teachers are “done” with teaching for the district. As CCSD is already severely understaffed, this sentiment could surely lead to more danger, as adult supervision continues to dwindle.

Moreover as these stories began circulating a few days later, most parents were watching a viral video coming out of Las Vegas High School, on the eastside, where a young lady seems to approach another girl during math class and proceeds to punch her in the back of the head about forty times. Not only does the attack seem unprovoked and blindsided, but after the first ten devastating blows, the victim appears to go limp, as the perpetrator continues to bombard her with blows to the back of the head.  More disturbing is a teacher making a very weak effort to intervene while dozens of students are either filming, laughing, or ignoring the violence.  Violence that likely changed the victims life forever.

 

Apparently, the girl had a seizure before arriving at the hospital due to her injuries and exacerbated her condition.

This is not necessarily the inner city, nor is it a third world country. These are typical high schools in the Clark County School District. A district that has spent more time at board meetings discussing equity than academics. If a parent mentions something as sinister as school choice or equal opportunity at a trustee meeting, they are run out of town and labeled a racist.

The priorities of the current Board of Trustees, and President Irene Cepeda, are becoming more clear: implement a neo-progressive agenda focused on restorative justice and equal outcomes (regardless of effort or merit), with a disregard for students who want to learn without fear of fights, gang violence, and the myriad of social justice causes they are too young to truly comprehend.

We have been holding off publishing this article because we wanted to include follow up details on these incidents, punishments levied, condition of victims, and policy proposals to stem the tide of violence sweeping through our schools. Unfortunately there are no follow up stories nor press releases from the district. These were not the only three horrifying incidents that occurred, just the most notorious.

Likewise, the most worrying aspect of these stories is the lack of information following such incidents.

The Clark County School District may not be sweeping such events under the rug, but they are certainly not working hard to keep the public informed. For far too long, the district policy has been radio silence. With elections around the corner, parents could be motivated to find new leadership among those we entrust with our most prized possessions, our sons, our daughters, our youth, our future.

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