CCSD Police launches investigation into alleged 'fight club'

LAS VEGAS - Clark County School District Police are investigating a string of fights that have happened within the past week at two schools in the Las Vegas valley.

Two separate fights broke out at Foothill High School in Henderson last Friday, and now police are looking into what's being called a "fight club" at Tarkanian Middle School.

"I went to go use the bathroom, and a bunch of kids trying to start fights," one kid said.

Every high school in the district has an officer assigned to every school, but that's not the case at every middle school.

Tarkanian Middle doesn't have an officer on campus unless there is a call for service.

There are about three weeks left until school ends, and tensions are continuing to rise.

"People are getting hurt, and that's not ok," the unidentified student said.

Students at Tarkanian Middle school say close to two dozen 7th graders have created what they call a "middle school fight club" in the boy's bathroom.

"I went into the bathroom to use it, and all the sudden I saw people getting on the floor," the unidentified student said.

The videos are making the rounds on Snapchat and Instagram.
In the footage, you can see boys throwing punches and knocking each other to the ground, while a group of students eggs them on as they record the entire ordeal.


CCSD Police says it's investigating the ring of willing participants because the school district says fighting or even posting it online is strictly against the rules.

Physical altercations are not approved of. We have a zero tolerance," according to Deanna Wright, CCSD Board of Trustees President.

But students 8 News NOW spoke with said fight clubs and a handful of other fights have been happening for months now.

"You got to be more proactive," said Gary Gatrell, parent.  "When you turn around, and you hear about it you can't really maybe say stop it at the get go, but after it happens the first time you should take actions to make sure that it doesn't happen again."

School police say they'll evaluate police presence and determine if more officers are needed around school campuses.

However, a CCSD Board Trustee says that there isn't enough money in the budget to have an assigned officer at each middle school.


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