CCSD staff warned against sexual misconduct

LAS VEGAS - Only days after another school district employee was arrested, the Clark County School District is addressing concerns about inappropriate relationships between staff members and students.

According to CCSD, nine school employees have already been busted this school year. The school district wants the community to know it's making moves to prevent future incidents.

"I want to make it clear, though, that we are not going to tolerate this behavior," said CCSD Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky. 

He is sending a warning to school district employees.

"We will continue to be vigilant in how we address and deal with these situations," Skorkowsky said.

Situations that have happened one too many times, he added.

In the last three academic years, 30 school employees have been arrested for sexual misconduct with a student, including 10 incidents since last July.

Skorkowsky was joined by other CCSD leaders, law enforcement and the Clark County District Attorney to discuss how they plan to crack down on illegal relationships on campus.

"We will prosecute these folks. And so many of these folks that violate the law go to prison and that's my job, to ensure justice," said District Attorney Steve Wolfson.

"We as the law enforcement community, we are concerned. We hear your concerns, we feel the concerns and we are stepping up front to let everybody know that we are working diligently to ensure that these things don't happen in and around our schools," said Captain Ken Young, CCSD Police Dept.

CCSD does not have a social media policy but Skorkowsky says it's something they want to implement.

"We're looking to find a balance for teachers and students regarding social media use. When used correctly, social media can provide an avenue for students and teachers to communicate," he said. 

CCSD has also created a new training video educating staff on warning signs, policies on sexual misconduct and state law.

"CCSD must make it clear that teachers cannot, any employee cannot, have an inappropriate relationship with their students," Skorkowsky said.

The superintendent took a moment to commend the more than 40,000 employees who are dedicated and law-abiding workers.

 


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