When parents in Southern Nevada send their children to school, they have every right to expect that their young ones will be in a safe and secure environment. However, it is common knowledge that sometimes violence happens at school, whether due to students getting into a fight or a hostile outsider entering the grounds and posing a threat. These are valid reasons why law enforcement officers have been employed in many schools in Las Vegas and across the nation to keep students safe.
It is not as common for students to be put at risk by teachers and other personnel. Unfortunately, this appeared to be the case in a recent incident at a North Las Vegas high school. A cellphone video taken by a student was released to the public, which showed a school administrator violently throwing a 13-year-old girl to the ground. According to the child’s mother, the girl had been in a verbal altercation with another student before the administrator and a school officer arrived to break up the fight.
The mother said that she was not told about the incident until several hours after it occurred, and was also not informed that the administrator was involved. Reportedly, the girl received numerous injuries, including a back injury and facial lacerations. The mother says she hopes the administrator is fired from his job, and she also plans to sue the school district.
When fights break up among students, it can be difficult for school personnel to gain control of the situation. However, it is unacceptable if an official’s measures to stop a fight involve unnecessary violence that injures a child. It may be within the parents’ rights to pursue legal action against those responsible.
Source: WECT News, “Administrator body slams teenage student to the ground,” Adam Herbets, Oct. 12, 2016