1 adult, 1 juvenile arrested following Desert Oasis High School fight, lockdown
UPDATE: Clark County School District Police say an adult and juvenile have been arrested in connected with fights on the campus of Desert Oasis High School.
The adult suspect was booked at the Clark County Detention Center for battery, fighting-affray and breach of the peace. The juvenile was booked for fighting-affray and breach of the peace. A total of 9 juveniles were cited, according to police.
Additional details surrounding the incident were not immediately available Thursday afternoon.
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A Las Vegas High School was placed on a hard lockdown for the second day in a row.
“It’s blowing my mind that this keeps happening,” said Desert Oasis parent Laplac Brown.
Clark County School District Police Lt. Bryan Zink confirmed that the action was taken after fights were reported on campus.
According to a parent letter sent by CCSD, additional police units will be on campus on Thursday.
“Please take this opportunity to discuss school safety with your child. Parents, please remind your child to never hesitate reporting anything that may be a possible safety issue to an adult. Additionally, We expect all students to adhere to the CCSD Student Code of Conduct,” the letter read in part.
Shortly before noon, the school announced over its intercom that the lockdown had ended. Students were advised to report to their 8th period class.
On Wednesday, the school was placed on a lockdown due to reports of a student with a weapon on campus. CCSPD said no weapon was found.
Desert Oasis senior Shane Young skipped school on Thursday as a result of Wednesday’s lockdown.
“I didn’t come to school today because of my fear of yesterday. Students yesterday were crying hysterically,” he explained.
Young said safety issues have been plaguing Desert Oasis since he first enrolled four years ago.
“Fights are occurring because they know they’ll get away with it. You can fight and you’ll get a slap on the wrist. Maybe you’ll get detention. Maybe you’ll get a three-day suspension. The truth of the matter is none of it matter and students know they’ll get away with it nine times out of ten,” he said.
He explained that teachers are not allowed to interfere with fighting students - a policy he wants to see change.
“If admins are the only ones that are allowed to intervene, or school police or Metro police officers, then it appears we need more of them on campus,” he said.
Brown is also in support of adding more support on campus.
“Maybe some metal detectors or something like that. Something has to be done. Maybe more aide in the classroom to help the teachers. Something has to be done, and something needs to be done now.”
According to CCSPD, a hard lockdown refers to incidents that have happened inside the school, whereas a soft lockdown references happenings near campus, but outside of the building.
Families can report incidents using SafeVoice by calling 1-833-216-SAFE (7233), through the website at safevoicenv.org or through the free downloadable phone app.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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