Student, 14, arrested for bringing loaded gun to North Las Vegas high school
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The Clark County School District Police Department has confiscated 25 guns from campuses this school year.
It’s part of an alarming trend across our valley.
In fact, a 14-year-old student was arrested Tuesday for bringing a loaded gun to Legacy High School in North Las Vegas.
Parents were alerted of the arrest Tuesday afternoon through a message from the School District.
“I’m stay-at-home mom just because of that. Really. Seriously. I have two girls. One in middle school and one in high school. High school, you have to be careful,” said parent Manal Alaskari.
News 3 has learned it was an alert school employee and student who heard about the weapon Tuesday and then told the school police officer.
“The issue got solved before something serious could’ve happened, so that makes me feel a little bit better, but it still scares me that there was a gun on campus,” said parent Frances Romero.
What happened at Legacy High is actually not that uncommon.
In Clark County, the number of guns confiscated on school campuses has more than doubled over past year.
CCSD Police have taken more than two dozen firearms off campuses during the 2016-17 school year.
According to CCSD Police Capt. Ken Young, 10 guns were confiscated the previous school year.
“We have kids that are reporting now. As soon as they hear something or they suspect one of their fellow students might have a weapon, they’re reporting it right away,” Young said.
Police will respond and the student is arrested and sent to juvenile detention center. Oftentimes, the student is expelled from school.
But how do we stop guns from ending up at schools in the first place?
“Our biggest thing is building relationships with the students so they feel comfortable coming forward,” explained Young.
“Also visibility on the campus is important so you want to minimize the opportunities that students want to bring a weapon on campus. We’re part of a team. Law enforcements, students, parents and the community,” he noted. “It’s a team effort. Everybody has to play their part.”