When you send your children to school, you often have little choice about where they will go. School districts divide cities into zones, and children and teens are often stuck going to the school they have been zoned for. Parents often ask about specific schools when deciding on a neighborhood to move to, but what is often overlooked is the entire school district.
The Washoe County school district is in Washoe County, Nevada. Included in this district are Reno, Sparks, Cold Springs, Spanish Springs, and other surrounding areas.
If you have children that will be attending any school in Washoe County, it is very important to do your homework before allowing them to step a single foot into the buildings. Though certain schools are known for violence and harassment (such as Traner Middle, Wooster High, and Hug High), what is not widely known is that these schools are no more dangerous than any other Washoe County school.
Though boastful about their “Zero Tolerance Policy”, which is meant to create an atmosphere where no harassment, violence, or bullying of any kind is tolerated, Washoe County has proven this policy to be 100% ineffective when not enforced by the staff.
As a student who attended two middle schools and three high schools in the Washoe County school district, I can say that sadly, very few staff members care about the safety of their students. Pleas for help go ignored until the situation escalates, and even the most threatening of cases fall on deaf ears, as proven by Sparks Middle school.
In 2007, an autistic student reported being sexually assaulted in the school bathroom to a counselor at Sparks Middle. Upon hearing this, the counselor spoke to the alleged attacker and declared to the victim “He would never do anything like that.” The victim was sent back to class and the incident ignored, allowing the victim to be raped a second time days later.
Though this case has proven to be controversial, with the school claiming the boy never reported the first incident, this would not be the first time Washoe County employees have failed to protect students. Often times, victims are punished for reporting the trouble, or defending themselves.