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Clark County School District releases policy for random weapons searches

CCSD Superintendent Jesus Jara speaks at a meeting in this undated file photo. (KSNV)

The Clark County School District's superintendent is laying out a detailed plan about the new weapon search program in light of a recent spike in guns brought onto campus.

This is all an effort to cut back on or stop violent attacks on our public school campuses.

In a letter to parents dated Nov. 1, Jara said 11 firearms have been confiscated so far this school year, compared to six this time last year.

"This random search program is just one strategy we are employing to improve school safety," Jara wrote.

The school district is even calling with an automated message to let families know the new program is rolling out.

Here's how it will work:

Selected students will be asked to line up at a designated search area while holding all their belongings. Their things will then be placed on a table to be looked through, as the student prepares to be scanned with a hand-held metal detector.

It will not be CCSD police doing the body scans. CCSD says school administers have been trained -- and will not be allowed to touch the students if nothing pops up. If the scanner does alarm though, students will be asked to show and/or remove the object which is sounding an alarm.

If a re-scan continues to detect metal, they may be subject to a pat down.

CCSD is pointing to other school districts throughout the country, saying that their policies allow them to randomly search students pressing safety.

Students who don't cooperate with a search could face disciplinary action, including being removed from the school.


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