Governor holds school safety meeting with superintendents

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) Of the 17 school districts across the state of Nevada, each one has very specific and unique needs. Those needs were discussed at a meeting held with superintendents by Governor Brian Sandoval in Carson City Monday.

"My plea to the governor was to have as much local control as possible because we do have separate issues," Michael Terhune, superintendent in Esmeralda County, says.

Terhune says the students there don't go to school in traditional brick-and-mortar buildings, making single-point entry systems difficult to implement.

"It's really tough to harden a school when you could drive a truck or a car literally through the wall and walk out and back in and hurt people," Terhune says.

In Washoe County, the elementary schools will have single-point entry systems by 2020. Superintendent, Traci Davis says mental health is a top priority.

"We know the part about school safety, but we have to be aware of the issues of mental health and how we can be proactive instead of reactive," Davis says.

Adding more behavioral health specialists to schools is another solution that was floated at the meeting, but attracting people to these positions poses its own challenge.

"It is difficult .....if it takes increasing the wage of a health specialist or behaviorist then let's consider that," Governor Sandoval says.

Across all districts in the state, the one thing that is constant is the role social media play in threats.

"In the wake of what has happened in our county we are getting a lot of copy cats and unfortunately that's a loss of academic time," Davis says.

Terhune says one way to stop the violence is to get students in a positive environment where they don't want to hurt one another.

"That will get our counselor sitting down with kids and talking together about the things we do as a school family," Terhune says.

Photos courtesy Governor Sandoval's Office