What can CCSD teachers do to end arguments?
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – If there’s a fight in the classroom, what can a teacher do? It’s a question teachers in the Clark County School District are asking themselves as they try to figure out how to defuse a fight so it doesn’t spiral out of control.
“It hurts my stomach. To see this happen to a child, to anyone, is bad enough,” Carmen Andrews said.
Andrews is disgusted to see the videos and reports of violence on Clark County School District campuses. Having taught nearly two decades in a CCDS classroom, she takes the safety of her students seriously.
“I care about my students so much, there’s no way I can’t get involved because I physically couldn’t stand to see one of my students hurt one of my students,” he said. she declared.
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Although she’s never had to break up a fight, Andrews says many teachers are reluctant to intervene because legally they can’t touch students without their consent.
“The reality is that it could come back to haunt you if you accidentally hurt a child trying to break up a fight,” she said.
The Clark County Education Association says teachers aren’t trained to break up fights. Under the collective agreement with CCSD, schools are supposed to have a plan in place for teachers to call for help, like school police, if something happens.
“At that time, will assistance arrive quickly enough? That’s the problem,” union president Maria Neisess said.
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Neisess says that in extreme situations, teachers can take action if attacked.
“There is an NRS where educators and staff are allowed to defend themselves – but again, at what level?” she says.
Rancho High School teacher Rueben d’Silva would like to see a good Samaritan clause considered by district officials.
“Teachers who get involved and stop fights. They will not be held responsible for lawsuits brought by parents or others who get their hands on students if, in good faith, they try to break up a fight,” he said.
Several CCSD administrators raised this specific question about clarity for teachers in these situations. This is going to be a topic of discussion at a board meeting next month.