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Mom says bullying is still issue for CCSD; district to launch new website, app for reporting

LAS VEGAS - Bullying continues to plague school campuses in the Clark County School District. Parents have been reaching out to 8 News Now with the intent to get their stories out in hopes of bringing about a change.

"This is a really thick stack, but it starts from her 6th-grade year," Khana King said as she showed proof of how her daughter was bullied.

For more than three years, King has been documenting bullying incidents against her daughter. She even went as far as to get a restraining order against two sisters who she says are tormenting her child.

"I want them to stay clearly far away from each other because I knew there was a problem and I knew that it would only escalate," said King.

According to King, she has exhausted all resources which is why she reached out to 8 News NOW.  She said she talked to Del Webb Middle School administrators; she changed her child's bus and class schedules, along with filing complaints through CCSD's "Say No To Bullying" website.

King says nothing has seemed to work. Even after her daughter left middle school and started attending Coronado High School this year, the bullying continued by the same girls.

"There's too many flaws in the system in my opinion," said King. Too many chances where these kids keep coming back. They're allowed to do the same thing."

By state law, CCSD must respond to online bullying complaints within 48-hours, followed by an investigation. But, the website will soon go away and be replaced by another site that will be monitored by the state in real time.

"I think that is -- it adds an exciting piece and definitely more preventive and helpful piece for students and parents," said Tammy Malich, Assistant Superintendent, CCSD.

Malich is in charge of the education services division, which includes overseeing some 400 bullying allegations submitted online.  According to Malich, the switch will happen in two phases.
    
The website will be live for half of the school district on Jan. 1, followed by the second half on June 1.

"It is a web-based, app-based, and live phone call in option that students, parents, community members can use to report, anonymously," Malich said.

King says she's contemplating homeschooling her daughter, but it's her last resort.  However, King says she is not giving up and is encouraging other families in her position to continue documenting their struggles.

"Continue to report it online, you know, don't stop," King said. "Even if you don't feel that is effective or it's not working. it doesn't hurt to keep trying.

The new website is part of the state's "Safe-2-Tell" program addressing how bullying reports are handled.

Among its committee members is Jason Lamberth, whose 13-year-old daughter took her own life after being bullied.

Lamberth is suing the Clark County School District for negligence.
 


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