Students at Del Sol form part of "Flip The Script" - an anti-bullying campaign
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
Cell phone technology has made it easy for kids to shoot and share incidents of violence on and off school grounds. Some students say they have seen the cameras and videos before, and probably will again.
At Del Sol High School, the conversation isn't about the latest fight, but how to stop the violence altogether.
A group of 50 students at Del Sol form a chapter of Flip The Script - a local anti-bullying campaign that puts students on the front lines.
"It doesn't make sense to me. People think it's funny, but then when it's them, it's not," said Tineka Christensen, a Del Sol junior.
One search on YouTube, and several videos appear to include fights and bullying at Las Vegas area schools.
Christensen told FOX5 that she frequently sees individuals recording video on a cell phone during a fight.
"It's sad that kids do that, because it's not really getting them anywhere. It's not making them any more popular," said junior Grace Michaelson.
School district spokeswoman Amanda Fulkerson would not go on camera to address bullying issues in Clark County schools. She also would not speak directly to prior discipline against the individual in the latest bullying video that surfaced this week.
Fulkerson cited privacy concerns and would only issue a statement to FOX5:
"The Clark County School District has strict, zero-tolerance rules in place regarding bullying and fighting. The District has always had policies and procedures in place to deal with such behavior.
"Portable technology like cell phones make incidents of violence and/or bullying easier to document. Sharing footage of an assault on websites or electronically from student-to-student serves no purpose other than to further ridicule and embarrass the victim and embolden bullies.
"Any student who captures photos or video of an assault on-campus, on a bus or during a school activity should immediately turn the footage over to a teacher, school administrator or police. That footage will become evidence against students who stoop to assault.
"Additionally, the Clark County School District will not be participating in on-camera media interviews regarding student fight videos. Doing so encourages copy-cat acts, gives bullies an audience, and keeps the cycle of bullying going by causing further embarrassment to the student(s) involved.
"We do not condone bullying or violence and will not be a part of the repeated showing of these videos on television."
The students at Del Sol agree that whatever attention these amateur photographers receive is not worth it.
"It just adds to it. You're bullying, yourself," said junior Daniel Maloney. "I stick up for [bully victims], and that's the biggest thing they should know is they're not alone."
"It's sick," said senior Brandon Guy. "It's not going to get them fame and it's going to be used as incriminating evidence against them."
In a phone conversation, Fulkerson said it is "quite common" for video evidence to be available in bullying investigations - through cell phones, bus cameras and school surveillance cameras.
The Clark County School District says anyone can submit an anonymous report of bullying via individual school websites. Complaints are read and investigated by the school principal.
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