Local mother says Hug High is too violent, WCSD responds

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Updated: 4/27/2013 9:14 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- "Lately there's been fights almost every single day," said 16-year-old Hug High sophomore Sierra Gentry.

Gentry said one of those fights happened just a few feet away from her.

"It surprised me," Gentry said. "I stepped back really fast. I didn't want to get hit."

Her mother Paula Mann said she doesn't feel the school is safe and the district should step in.

"I'm not saying they're allowing it to happen, but they should be doing more to stop it," Mann said.

Washoe County School District Police Chief Mike Mieras said they haven't seen a spike in fights at Hug.

"Their numbers over the years have actually dropped down in that area," Mieras said. "Right now currently those numbers are right in the middle of the road between our high schools."

But even the perception of more fights can take a toll on students like Sierra.

"You can't focus," Gentry said.

"My daughter has been working really hard to get her grades up," Mann said. "It seems to be a distraction for her lately."

Mieras said he talked to the Hug High student council a few weeks ago and those students did not express any concerns.

"They're very happy with their school and they feel very safe at their school," Mieras said.

Sierra said she often hears about fights before they happen, and Mieras said in those cases the students should tell an adult they trust because the students themselves can help change what happens at Hug.

"It's their school, and if they don't report it and a fight does break out then they do feel responsible for that" Mieras said.

If students hear about a potential fight and want to report it to try and prevent it from happening Hug does have a full-time school police officer, so they can tell the officer or they can call the school secret witness at 775-329-6666 or text Tip-725 and your message to 274637. It's 100 percent anonymous and available 24-7.
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