Inside Education S19 Ep3 clip | School Safety Task Force – A Student’s Perspective
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Inside Education S19 Ep3 clip | School Safety Task Force – A Student’s Perspective


Between January of 2018
and July of 2018, the School District
received more than 2,600
tips through the “Say No to Bullying”
website. These anonymous tips
included everything from reports of bullying,
planned school attacks or tips about
student self-harm. Now that reporting
system has been replaced by something called
SafeVoice, and every school
district in Nevada is required to use it.Recently, students
at Becker Middle School
learned more about
how SafeVoice works.
SafeVoice is a
partnership between
the Nevada Department
of Education,
Nevada Department
of Public Safety,
CCSD Police
and the District.
Anonymous tips can be
reported 24/7,
365 days a year,through the SafeVoice
phone number,
the SafeVoice app
or online.
The Department
of Public Safety
is the first responder
on all tips.
According
to the District,
SafeVoice helped
prevent a potentially
violent situation
from occurring
prior to the
first day of school.
(Dr.Tammy Malich)
A principal was
at a weekend event with his family,
and a parent approached and said oh, my
goodness, my daughter just uncovered this
picture on Instagram and showed the
principal the picture. It was a very
concerning picture of another student
with a weapon. The principal was able
to alert the parent how to immediately
put in a SafeVoice tip. Police were dispatched,
and the situation was resolved
on a Saturday while everybody was at a Little
League practice or game.Here’s how to get in
touch through SafeVoice:
You can go
to the mobile app,
just search on SafeVoice.The phone number is
833.216.7233
or you can go
to the website,
SafeVoiceNV.org.Here’s an
important point:
Tips are anonymous,
but if you don’t
provide enough
information to begin
an investigation,
it is possible
the tip may not be
as useful.
Additionally, tipsters
can upload photos
or videos
that authorities
may find useful.Due to the number
of shootings that have occurred
on school campuses around the country
and to prevent any kind of violent
act in our state, Governor Sandoval
established the creation of a statewide school
safety task force. There is one student
representative on the task force,
and we’re happy to have her
with us today. Ashley Macias is a senior
at Mojave High School. Welcome, thanks
for being here. -Thank you
for having me. -Before we get
to the task force, let’s talk
about the story we just heard
about SafeVoice. I’m curious from
your perspective as a student,
do you see a need for this kind of thing? (Ashley Macias)
Yes, very much.
Students don’t necessarily have
the output to talk to people and give
these opinions. SafeVoice isn’t
just about bullying and reporting it
or reporting threats or anything you see. It’s about reporting
anything you see on campus, anything you might hear,
anything that could happen and being
preventative. I think you always need
that preventative step basically in the
school so nothing does happen in schools. Unfortunately, a lot
of bad tragedies happen around the country
and could have possibly been prevented
if there would have been a place for students
to give their opinions and their perspective,
be able to voice their actions
and understand and be able to talk
to an adult and understand
they’re able to give this opinion.
-Right. Do you think it
would be as successful if it were not anonymous? -I don’t think so at all. Students need
anonymity because they don’t want to be
the snitch of the school so they’re being
called out, they’re the ones
reporting everything, because then
they lose the trust within students
and themselves, and you don’t want
to be known as the one that’s always
pointing out things. -It kind of
removes that. You can give a tip
and take it from there. Let’s talk about
the task force, the statewide school
safety task force. How the heck are you
the only student to get on this
task force? -I got on the state
Board of Education first and I applied
through that. It was very rigorous
application process to just be involved, and I had to go
through everything. The task force
just threw me on when it was
a brand new idea. They needed a student,
so they were like let’s just take
the state board one and add her on there. We were trying to get
other students as well to give their opinions,
so the first meeting we invited a bunch
of students from Carson. About 10 students took
time out of the school day to come out and they
gave their opinions, and there was another one
down in Vegas as well. -What is the mission
of this task force? -I believe the mission
is to finally talk about the things
we need in Nevada, especially with
a lot of the country’s incidents recently,
a lot of people aren’t talking about it. They’re just talking
about rumors. I think sitting down
and actually talking about what Nevada
is going through, what we need and
what we can improve on and change,
we honestly need those conversations
to set forth and put action
into legislation and making a bill
and sending it to the governor and
saying this is exactly what we need to do
for our students. -And this is all based
on preventing violence? -Yes. -We were talking
just a second ago, Nevada is ahead
of other states. Tell me about that. -I believe Nevada is
one of the only states that actually has a
school safety committee. I know there’s not a lot
of states doing that. Other states reached out
and said that’s really a great idea,
and they want to incorporate that
into their own state. It’s more of the
discussion of having it and not being a
taboo item anymore. -Now, as
I understand it, the task force was
going to be together for only a year,
come together and talk, about 30 people.
-Yes, about 30. -But that may not
be the case. It may not end. -December it was
supposed to end. December 31 was
supposedly the date it was going to end but
in our initial report, we wanted to make it
a committee year-round basically and continue
to have these talks because Nevada
is always changing, what schools need and
everything that kids need. -Right. One of
the points you made is that it’s different. The kinds of things
that would prevent something like that
here at CCSD is different in other
parts of the state. Talk to me about that. The threats are even
different, right? -Even the threats are
different because here in Vegas
we’re thinking about it’s heavily populated,
but out in Elko they might have an animal
that comes running out and you just need
to report. It’s all different,
different climate and atmosphere,
and geographically it’s different. So since we’re a heavily
populated city here in Vegas, we have
our own law enforcement, our own CCSD Police
in Clark County. Up in Washoe they don’t
have their own police department,
so others have to share the police department
within the whole city. -You said this
is the first time you’ve ever been chosen
to be on a task force, and you’re a senior. Now you’re kind of
seeing how some of these public
issues change. I don’t know, maybe
is this of interest? Maybe you’ll get into
some other task force in the future
and get into some decision making?
-Possibly. I’m actually on my
student council and National
Honor Society so I’m very vocal
with my opinions, and I’m trying
to always stick up for kids and
try to understand. I’ve always been very
curious in understanding how everything works,
why this is how it is, always questioning it,
so possibly it could be
in the future. -Who knows? And now
you’re standing up for students
around the state not just at your school
or in the District. Ashley, continued
success, and we appreciate
your time today. -Thank you.

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