Moms want more done to prevent guns in schools.
Gun confiscations are on the rise in Las Vegas schools, and some groups are demanding more action to keep our staff and students safe.
Just last week, we had five guns reported at Clark County School District campuses alone.
“As a parent of a child that’s about to be in middle school, the incidents from last week were really concerning,” Elizabeth Becker, a volunteer with Moms Demand Action Nevada, told News 3. She also has a fifth grader in CCSD.
Becker is talking about the guns that were found at Eldorado High School, Mojave High School, Escobedo Middle School, and a loaded gun at Mack Middle School.
“It’s just kind of demoralizing that we put in so much work,” said Becker. She is referring to the Safe Storage Resolution approved by the CCSD School Board of Trustees in 2021, where the district would send flyers in student registration materials that explain the importance of safely securing any firearms at home.
“What we want to see is that it will trigger parents to think about, oh, you know, maybe we did just purchase a weapon during the pandemic because millions of people across the country purchased a weapon during the pandemic, and some of them might not know how that weapon is supposed to be stored,” said Becker.
She says guns are still ending up on campuses. Right now, CCSD gun confiscations are up 30% during the 2022-2023 academic school year.
“We have added a few additional dogs to our K9 team,” said Lt. Bryan Zink, the PIO for the CCSD Police Department. So our K9 team’s constantly out every day there’s been throughout the valley, random sniffs” for weapons.
Zink says mental health support also comes at the law enforcement level. “We’ve added three social workers that are school police employees that we go out routinely and assisting officers with helping families and children,” he said.
But Becker wants more to be done. “The biggest thing that I think needs to be done at the district-wide level is hiring more mental health professionals,” she said. “Students need more support.”
What do you believe could help prevent guns from being brought into our local schools?
Is Las Vegas The Most Stressful City to Work In?
Do you live in the most stressful city to work in? Is it Las Vegas?
For most of us, sadly, work consumes the majority of our time. Whether you run a small business or you’re employed full-time, your waking hours are probably consumed by either working, commuting, or thinking about work.
While some have been lucky enough to find the ideal (but elusive to most) work-life balance, others struggle with work-related stressors such as long hours and commutes, low wages as well as lack of income growth.
LLC.org took a hard look at these factors as well as other factors across more than 170 cities, to determine the most stressful cities to work in.
Their metrics included eight weighted factors: average hours worked per week, average commute time, percentage of workers who commute before 7 a.m., percentage of workers who are not able to work remotely, single-income families, income growth rate, percentage of employees without health insurance, and each city’s crime rate.
Each city in the analysis had a population of at least 150,000 or more.
If you live in Texas, bad news – Texas cities dominate the list of most stressful places to work. The Lone Star State is home to 10 cities in the top 30 most stressful places to work.
Before I tell you where Las Vegas sits on the list, here are the least stressful cities for workers:
Madison, Wisconsin tops the list for the least stressful city to work in. The average workweek (36.6 hours) is below the national average and the average roundtrip commute (37.4 minutes) is also far less than the national average (51.2).
Rounding out the top 10 least stressful cities:
2. Fort Collins, Colorado
3. Fremont, California
4. Minneapolis, Minnesota
5. Providence, Rhode Island
6. Lincoln, Nebraska
7. Portland, Oregon
8. Seattle, Washington
9. St. Paul, Minnesota
10. Boise, Idaho
Regardless of where you work, remember that stress can affect you both physically and mentally. It’s important to try to have a work-life balance to avoid burnout and long-term health complications. Sadly, that’s often very hard in a country that has become very costly to live in, after a pandemic that changed the US dramatically.
According to the American Psychological Association (APA), taking frequent breaks throughout the workday, tracking your stressors in a journal, establishing boundaries between work and your personal life, and developing healthy responses to work stressors are all ways to avoid work-related stress.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work, listen to your body and take time to recharge. Even small breaks throughout the day can go a long way in helping to reduce work-related stress.
Now here’s the top five most stressful cities to work in. See the full list here.