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Threats of violence reported at local schools, police say

Threats of violence reported at local schools, police say

By Katie Crowther. CREATED Dec 18, 2012


Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Several threats of violence are being reported at local schools, police said in a news conference on Tuesday.

About 17 rumors of violent threats in Clark County middle schools and high schools have been reported in the wake of the Connecticut massacre, according to police.

They say many of those reports mention this Friday, which marks the last day of school before winter break and a week after the Connecticut massacre.

City and school district officials said none of the rumors have had any validity. 

Authorities plan to increase their presence at local schools all this week, especially on Friday.

"Our police officers have increased patrols and their presence on school campuses to help calm parents and students," CCSD Chief of Police Jim Ketsaa said. "Our officers also continue to work hand-in-hand with local law enforcement agencies in the community to share information to keep our schools as safe as possible." 

Parents and students are reminded to report threats to the CCSD police tip line at 702-299-0228.

District police say they take threats seriously. All reports are investigated by trained professionals. They say anyone who makes even a fake threat can be prosecuted.

Rumors of school violence can spread quickly through the Internet and social media.

"As parents, take the lead in your households as it relates to social media," Captain Ken Young said. 

Many recent rumors have circulated on Facebook and even Instagram, Captain Young said. Parents are urged to monitor students' use of social media and be vigilant.

Clark County officials say schools use camera systems to monitor campuses and have a check-in system for visitors. School District police also make random checks at campuses around the clock.