During last school year, North Carolina public schools reported 10,959 acts of crime and violence among the state's almost 1.4 million students, according to the 2005-06 Report on School Crime and Violence presented to State Board of Education members this morning.
This total correlates to 7.90 acts per 1,000 students, an increase from 2004-05 when that number was 7.49 acts per 1,000 students. Most of the increases were reported in categories of "possession" rather than acts of violence: possession of a controlled substance in violation of law, possession of a weapon excluding firearms and powerful explosives and possession of an alcoholic beverage.
Although the 2005-06 Report on School Crime and Violence shows increases in the number of acts reported by local school districts, it's important to note that nearly one-half (43 percent or 998 schools) of all schools reported no acts of crime or violence. In fact, 75 percent (1,746 schools) of all schools reported five or fewer acts last year.
State Board of Education Chairman Howard Lee said that although these numbers show that most public school students are focused on getting a good education, the increased trend in the number of acts of crime and violence committed highlight the importance of remaining vigilant. "The numbers show that schools continue to be safe learning environments for students and teachers. We know that our work in this area is never complete, and we will continue to work on ways to ensure safety in every school and for every student and educator."
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