Pinwheels to prevent child abuse and neglect

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - 800 pinwheels blow in the wind in Carson City, placed in one of the most prominent areas-- the legislative complex. Organizers hope the spinning wheels will bring attention to child abuse and its prevention.

“We start planning our pinwheels event starting in September. And then we start reaching out to our partners and we offer monthly phone calls in January to help them plan events that infiltrate the whole state,” says Amanda Haboush with Prevent Child Abuse Nevada.

A total of 10,000 pinwheels have been planted around the state.

In Reno, there's a small display at the medical examiner’s office.

The displays will be up anywhere from a week to all of April as it is Child Abuse Prevention Month.

The number does not represent the number of child abuse cases throughout the state, rather a unified display representing a unified effort to stop child abuse in Nevada.

Coincidentally, Assembly Health and Human Services passed AB 305 in its scheduled meeting Friday afternoon. The bill requires each public school in the state to display posters throughout campus with a toll-free telephone number to report child abuse or neglect.

Bill supporters say the state already has a mechanism to take the calls through child welfare services.

Approximately 13 other states have such hot line numbers.

Often supporters say, the neglected or abused child calls the number himself and asks for help.