On Wednesday, April 20, 2022, three different students were arrested in separate incidents in Clark County schools. According to initial reports, each of the incidents involved a student aggressively attacking teachers.
In the first incident, which occurred at Foothill High in Henderson, one 14-year-old approached a teacher as class was letting out. Reports say that the student then became aggressive and was acting like she would attack the educator. The student then reportedly pulled out a knife. The teacher allegedly used a chair to first shield themselves and then to brocade the door of the classroom, leaving the armed student inside. The juvenile was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon and kidnapping.
In the second incident at Grant Sawyer Middle School, a 15-year-old got upset, grabbed some scissors, and then threatened to stab a teacher. Staff were able to disarm the student who was later arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
In a final incident at Palo Verde, a 17-year-old student walked into a classroom before aggressively beginning to attack the teacher. The student was later charged with misdemeanor battery against a school employee.
In Nevada, assault with a deadly weapon is always considered a felony offense. Juveniles who are charged with offenses that would be a felony if committed by an adult and who are over 14-years-old could be charged as an adult. In other words, a 15-year-old child getting tried as an adult for assault with a deadly weapon could end up with a very life-altering 1-6 years in state adult prison.
On top of that, the juvenile would lose specific rights and privileges as a result of being a convicted felon. They’d no longer be eligible to vote once they reach 18, and they wouldn’t be able to purchase or possess firearms for the duration of their lives.
The only way to avoid these very serious penalties is to avoid getting convicted of assault with a deadly weapon. In cases where the suspect is a juvenile, there should also always be a push to have the youngster tried as a child rather than an adult. That way, they’ll face less severe penalties.
Modern-day society often makes the mistake of thinking that juvenile crimes aren’t taken as seriously as adult ones. The truth is that juvenile detention centers aren’t somewhere you want to be or you want your child to be. If your minor loved one recently got accused of a significant juvenile offense, then it’s important to hire a lawyer as soon as possible.
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