CCSD Trustees Approve Grant Application to Enable School Police House Visits

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – On Thursday night, a grant application was approved to pay Clark County School District police officers to partner with social workers and Metropolitan Police officers from Las Vegas to visit the homes of children in the district considered at risk. She spoke at a meeting largely focused on school violence. Many parents shared stories of how their students were targeted.

“On Tuesday a child approached my granddaughter and told her he would shoot her and her sister,” a grandmother said.

“On January 10, he blew himself up, the school did not take responsibility for it. The kid had a print on the side of his face,” the father of a Basic High School student shared.

Parents and carers demanded action from the council to make schools safer and some offered their solutions.

“If we want to reduce violence in schools, we need smaller classrooms so teachers can actually teach. Large classrooms lead to tension and ultimately violence,” said one educator.

“My daughter tells me the school has never addressed bullying in a public forum, not once and that’s ridiculous,” a father said.

A new program called Prevention Before Apprehension has been proposed by CCSDPD chief Henry Blackeye. In a 4-3 vote, the trustee approved a grant request of $405,672.50 in federal dollars for the CCSDPD to partner with social workers and subway officers to form outreach teams to proactively conduct home visits with families of at-risk minors.

“Maybe a kid made a mistake, and maybe an officer just needs to tell that student about that mistake. Maybe this student needs to be referred to the port, to a social worker,” Blackeye said.

The idea of ​​home visits did not sit well with some who attended Thursday’s meeting.

“Increasing funding for a corrupt police system to conduct house calls not only puts students’ 4th Amendment rights under dangerous attack, but puts minority students at risk of oppression,” said one student.

“Funding should not be used for CCSD policing, but rather for mental health professionals who can better support students,” another student argued.

“All this is going to do is just continue to be intentional and strategic in oppressing black and brown youth and constitutional violations…you can use that money to invest in something else,” another man argued. .

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