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As we approach Spring Break for students in Clark County, we hear the disturbing news that we are on pace to reach a five-year high in guns being seized from students on CCSD campuses. As of February 23rd, 27 guns have been confiscated from Clark County School District students this school year, with 9 being seized during February alone.

According to an article written by Hillary Davis on, over the past five years, there have been many guns confiscated from students on our area’s school grounds, with 18 being the fewest back in the pandemic-shortened school year of 2019-2020. Thankfully, there has not been a shooting on a CCSD campus in four years. However, it is illegal to have a gun on school grounds. Per Davis’s article, the guns that the police are confiscating from kids in our middle schools and high schools are almost always loaded. Some guns even have bullets in the chamber ready to be fired.

The article quotes Clark County School District Police Lieutenant Bryan Zink as saying: “Mostly (students) say they have it for protection, they forgot it was in their backpack or they just brought it to show it off.” Kids are bringing other types of weapons to school as well. In fact, according to Davis’s article, firearms are actually the least confiscated weapon on our county’s school campuses. Through February 23rd, 144 knives, 29 BB or air guns, and 34 “other” weapons had been seized from students on school grounds. “Other” weapons include items like brass knuckles and clubs.

Per Davis’s article, all students aged 11 and higher who are caught with a gun on school grounds are arrested and will ” typically face charges of being a minor in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a dangerous weapon on school property.” CCSD has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to guns at school. Plus, the offending students are immediately suspended, and then recommended for expulsion. Expulsion proceedings allow the offending students to access due process, and they can appeal their expulsion.

The article goes on to explain that there are currently no routine bag checks or metal detectors on CCSD campuses, and there are no plans to implement either of these safety precautions. With some schools having enrollments between 2,000-3,000 students, it would obviously become a logistical nightmare. However, campus police do take their gun-sniffing dogs on random checks through Clark County middle schools and high schools on a regular basis.

The best thing students and parents can do is use the anonymous tip line to report seeing a gun on a school campus, and let the police and law enforcement agencies follow-up on the tips. The Safe Voice Tip Line is 833-216-7233. Or you can CLICK HERE to log on to the CCSD Safe Voice website.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.

Must Have Tech Products For College Students

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It’s Back-To-School season for college students, and now is the perfect time for folks to start looking at upgrades for their laptops, tablets, and even WIFI routers. Here are some Must Have tech products for college students to get you back-to-school ready. 

  • HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15

    Laptops are essentially in college. Not only do most students take notes on their laptops during lectures nowadays, but they’re also using them for streaming Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max… you get the picture.


    So having a computer that is lightweight for carrying, fast charging, that’s affordable is imperative. This HP Pavilion x360 Convertible 15 can achieve those things for you. It adapts to you, so you are productive at every angle and has a very convenient fast charge. 

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  • HP ENVY x360 Convertible Laptop

    If you’re on more of the design track in school, you’ll need something that can function as both a sketchpad and a helpful resource for schoolwork. The HP Envy x360 Convertible Laptop is built with design in mind. The 360-degree hinge allows you to use the laptop as a design pad via touch or computer pen. The laptop also has a long battery life so you can work for long periods of time without being connected to a cord.

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  • HP Chromebook

    When it comes to fast start-ups, good security, and Google connectivity, the Chromebook is where it’s at. If you’re not familiar with Chromebooks, they’re on the less expensive side of laptops. They’re great for folks who want to be connected to their Google Accounts and still have functionalities for web surfing but overall are for folks who don’t need a lot of bells and whistles. This is great for students who just need a standard, inexpensive laptop to get them through classes.

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  • Microsoft Office 2019 Home & Student

    Do yourself a favor and get Microsoft Office. Seriously! It might sound weird, but honestly, you will most likely need it for writing papers.

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  • HP M27f FHD Monitor

    For the longest time, I only used one monitor. And then I learned about all the possibilities that come with having dual screens and I wish someone had told me in college how great it would be. Now, I’m a multi-tasker, meaning that I used to watch Netflix or listen to music while I did papers and other assignments. If I had dual screens, via a second monitor I could conveniently connect to you bet I would have been using it for those purposes.


    But having a second monitor can be great for other reasons too. Think about the fact that you can have one screen displaying your word document while the other has the article you’re using for research. Seriously, that might just shave some time off writing those long research papers so you don’t have to flop back and forth. 

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  • Sony WF-1000XM3 Industry Leading Noise Canceling Truly Wireless Earbuds

    It should go without saying, but sometimes you will need headphones in college. Whether it’s to prevent disrupting your room while you watch TV or just to listen to music on your walks across campus or while studying, having a good pair of headphones will be paramount. These Sony wireless earbuds are noise-canceling which makes them even more appealing because you can shut out any noise while you study.

  • Smart WiFi Router

    Yes, your campus will most likely have WiFi, but honestly, it might get slow at times. Buying a WiFi router for yourself, and your roommates could make a huge difference while studying, streaming, etc. This one from Amazon also works with Alexa! 

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  • My Passport Ultra External Hard Drive

    While, I don’t have this hard drive exactly, I do have a My Passport external hard drive in a similar model and I LOVE IT! If you’re going into any creative field where you need to house large video or audio files (like I did) an external hard drive is going to save your life more times you can count. This one is affordable, has large amounts of space, like up to 5 TBs or space, and comes in Mac or PC options depending on your computer. Overall, this is a great have and a really solid tech product for college students.

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  • Wireless Computer Mouse

    I truly do not know how I survived college only using my laptop’s trackpad for 3 years, but the minute I bought a wireless mouse the game changed. Now, I wasn’t lugging it to every class, but while I did homework and studying in the library a wireless mouse was so much better than the trackpad. This one from Logitech is really affordable, I’ve had mine for over 2 years and have had no issues.

  • Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (Pen Included)

    If you’re a digital designer, you might be looking for something that is more tablet-like in addition to a laptop. Totally get that! This Samsung Galaxy tablet might be the right fit for you. It’s slim and lightweight so it can travel with you on the go very easily. It has a long-lasting battery that can allow you to stream for up to 12 hours and a quick charge USB-C port. And it comes with an S-Pen so you can do all the digital designing and creating you need right on the tablet itself.

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  • Roku Express 4K+

    How about some tech products for college students that may not be for class? I’m very partial to the Roku. I’ve had one for a few years now and I really like the ease of it. These are great for students because not only do they allow you to have multiple streaming service apps in one spot, but they also have some great content on their Roku channel. You can even access Roku channels through the app.

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  • HP Printer

    It may feel odd to bring a printer with you to school, but you might need it. I had to print a lot in college, and I usually blew through the allotted printing credits within a month or two of the semesters. It was so much easier to have access to a printer in my dorm and apartment as well because I didn’t have to trek across campus to find the printers before heading off to class.


    This HP printer is a great fit for college students as it isn’t very large, and you can also get 6 months of ink free with HP Plus.

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