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CCSD teachers not allowed to stop school fights

Reported by: Kelsey Thomas
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Updated: 4/09/2014 6:10 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV -- The recent fight between two Las Vegas middle school students is raising questions about who protects the children.

According to sources familiar with school district policies, principals and security monitors are the only people allowed to intervene during a fight between students at high schools and middle schools.

School safety is critical to create classrooms in which students and staff feel safe and secure, but teachers can get hurt trying to break up a brawl between students. There are stories from across the country of teachers seriously injured trying to break up fights.

Last Wednesday, a fight between two seventh-graders at O’Callaghan Middle School sent one girl to the hospital.

Students say there were no teachers around when the altercation happened in the lunch room.

The Clark County Education Association, which represents the School District's 18,000 teachers, said that principals set guidelines and procedures for school personnel who respond to fights.

But the School District's fight policy does not specifically say who can and cannot break up fights.

It simply says that teachers and principals must maintain order and discipline and it is the principal’s responsibility to protect students and school personnel.

When a fight breaks out, high school and middle school teachers are told to call administrators for help to keep other students safe.

Sources say not all teachers have the appropriate training to separate students when they are fighting.



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