The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction says the crime and violence rate in schools increased by 1% during the 2007-2008 school year over the one before.
The numbers show that violent crimes are a small part of the numbers, only 3.8% of all reported school crimes. The most frequent crimes on campus are possession of drugs, weapons and alcohol. These three acts made up 85 percent of all reported acts.
The numbers also give a better idea of who is most vulnerable to committing a crime on campus and dropping out of school. The report shows that, across the board, ninth grade boys are the group at highest risk for dropping out, being suspended or expelled and for committing acts of crime or violence at school.
To read the report, which includes county statistics, click here.