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Get in the Christmas Spirit!
Community Christmas Concert
Dec. 6 & 7, 7 p.m.
Mesquite Community Theatre
MCJ announces a new Christmas decoration contest open to everyone. Hurry - submission deadline is Dec. 15
Bullying is a Crime
Posting Date: 09/13/2011
The Mesquite Police Department is reminding parents and students that “Bullying” is a crime.NRS 388.122 was amended in July 2010 to define“Bullying” as a willful act or course of conduct on the part of one or more pupils which is not authorized by law and which exposes a pupil repeatedly and over time to one or more negative actions which is highly offensive to a reasonable person and is intended to cause and actually causes the pupil to suffer harm or serious emotional distress.
Mesquite Police and Clark County School Officials are working together to prevent school children from being bullied before, during and after school.Parents and students are encouraged to report to school officials if there are incidents of bullying that occur on school property, school busses, school events, or walking to and from school.School officials will investigate the report and then contact police if the accusations are credible.If bullying occurs at any other time outside of school parents and students are encouraged to contact the police.
Chief Troy Tanner has made it clear that “Bullying will not be tolerated and will be investigated thoroughly by the police department.” The school district provides 85% of funding for one School Resource Officer (SRO) at the high school and the police department chose to keep another full time SRO at the middle
school to help ensure the safety of our school children.
According to school officials there were 12 reported cases of “Violence to Other Students” during the 2010-2011 school year at Hughes Middle School compared to 5,058 district wide. (See Mesquite Citizen Journal article Hughes Middle School Report Card)
According to one official this could be anything from a fight to an argument where pushing and shoving occurred.
Virgin Valley High School reported 8 incidents out of 5,058 district wide. (See Mesquite Citizen Journal article VVHS Gets Report Card)
Last year there was at least two reported cases of bullying that occurred at the high school where citations were issued and charges were filed.
NRS 388.123 was also changed in July 2010 anddefines “Cyber-bullying” to mean bullying through the use of electronic communication.
Parents and students are also encouraged to save any texts, images, emails, recordings, and printouts of any “Cyber-bullying” to assist officers with their investigation.
On a side note, police Command staff recently had guest speakers from Mesquite Mental Health at their bi-weekly command staff meeting to talk about various mental health issues that affect our community. Likewise the police department recently sent three officers to a “Teen Suicide Prevention Summit” in Las Vegas to assist in identifying problems concerning Mesquite teens.“We will continue to send our officers to as much training necessary to assist us with information on issues that affect our community,” said Chief Tanner.