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Timeline: Aiming for Safety

It’s been a year since the Parkland shooting raised awareness about school safety nationwide, including in Nevada. What’s happened since then?

February 14, 2018      A gunman kills 17 students and staff members at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, Florida.

February 17, 2018      Never Again MSD, a gun-control PAC started by student survivors, organizes the first of many protests.

February 21, 2018      The Nevada State Education Association says it supports sensible gun laws and opposes arming teachers.

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March 1, 2018      In separate incidents, two 17-year-old students are arrested for having guns at Palo Verde and Desert Rose high schools.

March 19, 2018      Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval creates a state school safety task force.

February 24, 2018      National March for Our Lives demonstration attracts thousands of local students to a rally in front of Las Vegas City Hall.

April 20, 2018      National school walkout demonstration marking the anniversary of the Columbine, Colorado, school shooting

June 3, 2018      MSD graduation ceremony, featuring emotional diploma presentations and speeches, and “MSDStrong” sashes

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August 6, 2018      CCSD launches the SafeVoice app for students to anonymously report safety threats.

August 13 - September 12, 2018      Five students in as many weeks are arrested for having guns at Green Valley, Centennial, Sierra Vista, Mojave, and Desert Rose high schools.

August 23, 2018      President Trump’s Federal Commission on School Safety tours the Miley Achievement Center K-12 school in Las Vegas to see its heightened safety measures.

September 11, 2018      18-year-old Dalvin Brown is shot to death at Canyon Springs High School. 16-year-old Kayin French is later arrested and charged with murder with a deadly weapon.

September 12, 2018      CCSD says it’s creating its own school safety advisory committee to make recommendations to the school board.

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September 19, 2018      CCSD police take a 9-year-old student into custody for bringing a gun to Helen Marie Smith Elementary School.

October 2, 2018      The Nevada Department of Education announces $1 million grant from the Department of Justice for training staff and students in school safety.

October 9, 2018      In what was reported to be the 10th gun confiscation at a school since July 1, district police arrested a 15-year-old for bringing a handgun to Sunrise Mountain High School. It was unloaded, though he reportedly had ammo with him.

October 19, 2018      CCSD says it will begin random searches for weapons.

November 19, 2018      The Nevada Statewide School Safety Task Force sends Sandoval its final report, which includes six broad recommendations covering an omnibus revision to the statute governing school safety; investment in school mental-health services; an increase in school police; funding for safe learning environments; legislation and funding for prevention programs; and regulatory changes to correct the disproportionate disciplining of certain students.

January 2019      As of this month, CCSD police have confiscated 14 guns on school campuses in the 2018-19 school year.

January 4, 2019      School district advisory committee makes 10 recommendations to the school board. They cover, among other things, crisis response, firearms reporting, police staffing, security assessments, security cameras, and student IDs.

January 30, 2019      An intoxicated 17-year-old male is arrested near Valley High School with loaded MAC-10 pistol, complete with silencer.

February 4, 2019      Now through June, the Legislature will consider a raft of school-safety bills based on the state task force’s recommendations.

February 20, 2019      A student is arrested near Cheyenne High School after police find a loaded 9mm handgun in his backpack.

Desert Companion welcomed Heidi Kyser as staff writer in January 2014. In 2018, she was promoted to senior writer and producer, working for both DC and KNPR's State of Nevada. She produced KNPR’s first podcast, the Edward R. Murrow Regional Award-winning Native Nevada, in 2020. The following year, she returned her focus full-time to Desert Companion, becoming Deputy Editor, which meant she was next in line to take over when longtime editor Andrew Kiraly left in July 2022. In 2024, Interim CEO Favian Perez promoted Heidi to managing editor, charged with integrating the Desert Companion and State of Nevada newsroom operations.