The State Board of Education has released the latest crime statistics for North Carolina's public schools. Three counties in Eastern Carolina are in the top five for highest crime rates. The highest rate for 2006-2007 was in Pamlico County, followed by Warren County. Pitt County Schools had the third highest crime rate in the state, followed by Tyrrell County. Mitchell County, which is on the state border with Tennessee, ranked fifth.
The number of violent or criminal incidents in public schools rose slightly during the 2006-2007 school year, but the overall rate decreased due to the fast-growing student population.
The state Department of Public Instruction says North Carolina schools reported slightly more than 11,000 acts of crime and violence during the 2006-2007 school year. That's an increase of 0.5 percent compared to the previous year.
But the rate of criminal incidents dropped to 7.77 acts per 1,000 students, compared to 7.90 in 2005-2006.
Nearly 85 percent of the incidents were for drug or alcohol possession or having a weapon that wasn't a gun or explosives.
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