CCSD Police handle recent rash of violence

LAS VEGAS - In another case of violence at at CCSD campus, school police used pepper spray to break up a fight at Western High School Tuesday.

It happened at around 11:30 a.m. at the campus near Decatur Boulevard and Bonanza Road. This comes one day after a stabbing at Clark High School. A 14-year-old student was arrested for attacking a 16-year-old student.

The victim is expected to survive.

The budget cuts across the school district are affecting its police department. Although
no officers have not been laid-off, the police department is in a hiring freeze and can't fill vacant positions.

Parents rushed to Clark High School Monday afternoon where CCSD police say a teenage girl stabbed a classmate and ran off campus.

This was the latest incident at CCSD schools since the beginning of the academic year. 8 News NOW has been at the scene of at least two other stabbings and a brawl during a football game.

"It's a very scary situation for the students and teachers," said Gloria Campos, a student's mother.

A spokesperson for CCSD police says two officers were at the school at the time of the stabbing and while law enforcement on campuses does help minimize crime opportunities it doesn't solve the problem.

"It's a deterrent, absolutely," said CCSD Trustee Kevin Child. 

Child and fellow board members were given the difficult task to find a solution for a $60 million budget shortfall.

CCSD police took about a $1 million hit and say it's making non-personnel cuts. Their budget allows for up to 161 officers. Currently, they have 154 right now and are in a hiring freeze.

"Can't hire any more officers so that's going to hurt safety and that should be our number one thing," Child said.

He believes it takes a team effort to ensure campus safety and it all starts at home with parents like Campos.

"I want these bad things to stop happening," Campos said. 

Trustee Child says he does not anticipate CCSD police to take any more hits to its budget. But says at some point, they have to figure out a way to add more school officers.
 


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