SCHOOL VIOLENCE NUMBERS IMPROVE IN 2002-03
The 2002-03 Annual Report on School Crime and Violence shows that the state's school crime and violence numbers fell both in terms of total numbers and in the number of acts per 1,000 students. There were 8,548 reportable acts of crime and violence, a rate of 6.627 acts per 1,000 students statewide.
In 2001-02, there were 9,921 acts reported for a rate of 7.709 acts per 1,000 students.
State Superintendent Mike Ward noted that the decrease was a positive sign. "North Carolina public schools continue to be very safe places for students and their families, and I am pleased to see that the latest crime and violence numbers indicate that schools are becoming even safer."
State Board of Education Chairman Howard N. Lee said that safety had to be the first priority of every school. "Children and teachers require a safe environment in order for learning to take place. While our number one mission is student learning and achievement, the school environment must be safe in order for us to achieve that mission."
This is the second year that a total of 17 reportable acts were included in the report. In 2001-02, three additional offenses were included with the 14 that had been reported since the 1993 General Assembly approved the Safe Schools Act and required this annual report.
The four most frequently occurring incidents account for 88 percent of all reported acts of violence or crime on public school grounds. These are: possession of controlled substance in violation of the law (3,285); possession of a weapon excluding firearms and powerful explosives (2,748); assault on school personnel not resulting in serious injury (891); and possession of an alcoholic beverage (654).
Fifteen categories of incidents actually declined in number in 2002-03. The number of kidnappings remained the same at one. The number of rapes went up by one, totaling three in 2002-03.
The total number of occurrences for each reportable act are listed below:
Possession of a controlled substance in violation of law3,285
Possession of a weapon excluding firearms and powerful explosives2,748
Assault on school personnel not resulting in serious injury891
Possession of alcoholic beverage654
Assault resulting in serious injury211
Sexual assault not involving rape or sexual offense141
Possession of a firearm or powerful explosives113
Assault involving a weapon101
Robbery without a dangerous weapon70
Burning of school building38
Taking indecent liberties with a minor8
Robbery with a dangerous weapon3
Death by other than natural causes0
As in previous years, the number and frequency of acts is the lowest in elementary schools (grades K-5) and highest at the high school level. Forty percent of all schools reported no acts of crime or violence. Another 38 percent had five or fewer acts reported.
There were a total of 8,384 offenders identified in the report, with nearly all of them being students who attended school where the offense occurred. These offenses affected 1,071 victims.
Charts are attached to provide local school district numbers by type of act.
- Table 1A. Reported Statewide Incidents/Acts by School Levels (pdf, 41kb)
- Table 6A. Total Number of Incidents/Acts for Each LEA (pdf, 62kb)
- Table 6A. Total Number of Incidents/Acts for Each LEA (Charter Schools) (pdf, 56kb)
For more information, please contact Marvin Pittman, director, School Improvement, NC DPI, 919.807.3911, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The 2001-02 Annual Report on NC School Violence
- The 2000-01 Annual Report on NC School Violence
- The 1999-2000 Annual Report on NC School Violence
- The 1998-99 Annual Report on NC School Violence
- The 1997-98 Annual Report on NC School Violence
- The 1996-97 Annual Report on NC School Violence
- Statewide Statistics 93-97
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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction provides leadership to 115 local public school districts and 126 charter schools serving over 1.5 million students in kindergarten through high school graduation. The agency is responsible for all aspects of the state's public school system and works under the direction of the North Carolina State Board of Education.
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