Gun confiscations at CCSD schools raise security concerns

LAS VEGAS - Valley parents are on edge after two schools reported finding guns on campus last week.

In both cases, a student brought the gun to school.

One was in the northwest at Saville Middle School where a 12-year-old was found with the weapon, but police say he wasn't making threats towards anyone. He's now at the juvenile detention center.

At Gibson Middle School, two teens were arrested for having a gun and ammunition on campus.

One of those students reportedly made vague threats, but the gun wasn't loaded at the time.

So far this school year, 11 guns have been found on school campuses throughout the district. Security experts say it might be time to add additional safety measures to help prevent mass shootings.

With over 300,000 students at more than 350 campuses, one 12-year-old admits it only takes one rash decision for things to take a deadly turn. Luckily, Clark County School Police officers were able to intervene Friday morning before anyone got hurt, but that doesn't mean kids weren't impacted by the experience.

"It worried me a little because I felt like there was going to be a hard lockdown, that they were going to do like shootings,” student Llamilet Angula Diaz said.

Since June, 11 firearms have been discovered at Clark County schools. The incidents have seen an increase from three compared to the same timeframe for the year prior.

CCSD officials say there aren't any metal detectors at schools, but security expert Robert Burns says there's a cheaper alternative that can help prevent guns from entering schools.

"Channel kids through a bag check and wanding, as we call it, and wand them and check their bags,” Burns said. “I don't know if the school district is to that point yet.”

Some students say they’re still shaken from the incidents and it could have been much worse.

"I feel a little nervous and scared because what if something happens again?" Monserrat Perdomo Dominguez added.

Other students feel ready to move forward.

"I feel like it's in the past, like I should just move on and feel like nothing happened and just focus on studying and my education,” Llamilet Angula Diaz said.

Regarding security at schools, Clark County School District officials say its police department has 155 officers on staff.
 


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