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I-Team obtains surveillance video showing teacher’s interaction with special needs student she’s accused of abusing

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The 8 News NOW I-Team has an update to an exclusive story about allegations a teacher abused a special needs student. The I-Team has obtained video of the incident. It’s footage the Clark County School District refused to share due to “privacy issues.”

WARNING: The video is sensitive.

Attorneys for the child’s family obtained the video and filed it in court on Wednesday, so now it’s evidence at the center of the lawsuit.

Witness 1, Aide: “Her student was like crawling on the floor. Her feet were basically on top of him like this, and then he moved his head, and she pushed him away.”

Those words from a teacher’s aide who was explaining to Clark County School District Police what she saw happen between another teacher and student. The incident happened in March of 2017 at Kirk Adams Elementary School... Read More

Five months later, parents still worry about traffic near middle school

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Almost five months after 12-year-old Jonny Smith was hit and killed while walking home from school,  parents say traffic near Faiss Middle School is still a major concern.

There are still flowers, teddy bears and a cross near the street. It’s a somber reminder of what happened in March.

The closest crosswalk to where Smith was hit is about a quarter of a mile away at Fort Apache and Maule Avenue.

To this day, there are still students who jaywalk. 

“You can see a little fear in the kids eyes when they cross the street,” one parent said. 

Parents have demanded additional crosswalks and cross guards near Arby avenue on Fort Apache. After a traffic study was completed in May, county officials said a new traffic signal will be installed next summer. But, nothing else will be done before then... Read More

Pedestrian critically injured in crash at DI, Fort Apache

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Police are investigating a critical injury crash at Desert Inn and Fort Apache Roads.

Metro Police say an adult male pedestrian was crossing Desert Inn from South to North just West of Canyon Lake outside of a crosswalk, when he was struck by a sedan driving Westbound.

The pedestrian was transported to a nearby hospital in critical condition but appears to be stable.

The driver was arrested for DUI, according to police. 

8 News Now will have updates on this developing story... Read More

CCSD parents share concerns ahead of looming teachers strike

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – A lot of parents, teachers and students felt uneasy over a possible teacher strike Wednesday, ahead of a potentially big day for Clark County School District. 

8 News Now spoke with one CCSD parent who stands behind her children’s teachers. Tabitha Miller just wants district leaders to listen to them. 

“There’s always kind of the uneasy feeling,” Miller said. “Like what is going to happen? The unknown.”

Miller shared her concerns over an impending strike with 8 News Now as she watched her child’s evening soccer practice in the west valley. 

“It’s always nerve wracking,” Miller added. “Because you never know. Is it going to be a strike for one day, for two days, or three days or four days?”
Though Miller stands behind the call for change, she hates it had to come to this potential chaos in the classroom. ... Read More

DEA arrests 23 alleged white supremacist gang members for numerous crimes

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nearly two-dozen alleged white supremacists were arrested in the Las Vegas valley. According to law enforcement, the suspects were allegedly members of a white supremacist gang in southern Nevada.

Twenty-three alleged members of the Aryan Warriors white supremacist gang are facing a bevy of charges for crimes they allegedly committed while they were in prison, and while they were out on the streets... Read More

Mass shooting survivor: Bank could have saved victims

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Many continue to feel anguish and grief more than two weeks after the Walmart mass shooting. For one family in particular, that pain has been made worse by imagining what could have been. 

Inside a mobile home in the Lower Valley, surrounded by flowers, hangs a photo of 15-year-old Javier Amir Rodriguez. It serves as a tribute to the teenager who was murdered inside the Cielo Vista Walmart. 

“There’s not one day that he wouldn’t make me laugh,” Octavio Lizarde, Javier’s uncle said.

Lizarde survived the shooting, but there is one scenario that plays over and over in his head. 

“Why didn’t he have the courage, the heart to tell everyone to get in there?” Lizarde said. “Why just you and your employees, I didn’t see everyone who went in there I just saw him.”... Read More

Some employee associations not on board with possible teachers’ strike

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The threat of a teachers’ strike has plagued the minds of district leaders, teachers, and students for a while, but now, employee associations are worried about it as well. Representatives from various unions disagree with the action scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The potential strike looms because the Clark County Education Association and the district’s negotiations came to a screeching halt last week. The CCEA rejected the same offer the district presented to other employee groups who seem more receptive of the proposal.

“It does look fair,” said Stephen Augspurger, the executive director of School Administrators Association. “We’re happy to see that it’s across the board.”

However, Augspurger remains optimistic as the administrator’s union bargains with the district. The union, along with other employee groups, must consider the following proposal from CCSD:... Read More