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Students, School Board Discuss Safety on Campuses

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It has been just a few months since the shooting at Sparks Middle School - and since then we have seen similar incidents at high schools and colleges nationwide. So school safety was the hot topic at Tuesday's school board meeting.

Trustees met with students to discuss the issue.

Although most said they do feel safe overall - gun violence is still a concern.

"It's a sad reality that violence in schools is definitely happening. And we've seen it even in our community. And today there was even a shooting at Purdue. So I would definitely say that gun violence is one of the biggest issues," says Maddi Eckert, president, student advisory board.

The group discussed putting in single points of entry, school fences around the schools, whether students take safety drills seriously - and how to prevent bullying.

"We learn stuff from the students because they view it differently, and they're in the halls. They're in the schools every day. And we need to listen to that," says WCSD Chief of Police Mike Mieras.

Off camera I spoke to Chief Mieras and I asked him what he thought about teachers and staff carrying guns. He told me although it is legal in Nevada under certain circumstances, he does not believe it would make the schools any safer and could actually pose a bigger risk.

The district also plans to put more emphasis on student mental health as well.

Written by Arianna Bennett

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