Student arrested after administration confiscates firearm at Las Vegas-area school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A juvenile was arrested at a southwest Las Vegas valley school after the administration confiscated a firearm, according to the Clark County School District.

In a letter to parents, Principal of Lawrence and Heidi Canarelli Middle School Jaclyn Ayala said that school administration confiscated a firearm from a student on campus Tuesday.

Clark County police were immediately contacted and as a result of the investigation, a juvenile was arrested.

The Clark County School District said it is actively pursuing any and all legal actions against students who engage in violence and violate the CCSD Student Code of Conduct.

The full letter to parents reads:

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is Jaclyn Ayala, Principal of Lawrence and Heidi Canarelli Middle School. 

In an effort to keep you informed of matters happening within our community, I want to make you aware of an incident that occurred today on campus.

School administration confiscated a firearm from a student. The incident was immediately reported to CCSD Police for investigation. As a result of the investigation, a juvenile was arrested.

Due to privacy laws, we are unable to discuss individual student matters, however, this event serves as a reminder that weapons of any kind are not permitted on campus. As it has been communicated multiple times, the Clark County School District is actively pursuing any and all legal actions against students who engage in violence and violate the CCSD Student Code of Conduct.

Please take this opportunity to discuss school safety with your child. If they ever face a situation where they are unsure whether or not to share information with an adult, please remind them to never hesitate reporting anything that may be a safety issue. 

Students and parents can also make reports through the SafeVoice reporting system by calling 1-833-216-SAFE (7233), through the website at safevoicenv.org or through the free downloadable phone app.

Please know that this is a police matter, so we are unable to discuss specifics. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding your child, please feel free to call our school’s main office at 702-799-1340.

Thank you,

Ms. Ayala

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