Independence High had the most offenses
While the issue of preventing guns from reaching school campuses continues to be a hot topic, a report released by the state shows just how many criminal and violent incidents occur at area schools.
School districts are required to report 16 types of criminal or violent offenses to the state, which publishes the data annually. The most recent report, outlining the 2016-17 school year, was released Feb. 28.
“This report gives us good context as we continue to explore ways to make schools a safe environment for every student and educator,” State Superintendent Mark Johnson said upon its release.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, which had 146,571 students in 2016-17, reported 1,198 offenses, including 19 firearms, 318 weapons, eight sexual assaults and one robbery with a dangerous weapon.
CMS Superintendent Clayton Wilcox acknowledged the 19 guns found on campuses during the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Facebook Live video, dubbed “Straight Talk.”
“That means that kids were telling on other kids,” Wilcox said. “Kids are scared to death today about violence and they will take the time to let us know, and then we can investigate, do the right thing and remove those people from our premises.”
Here’s a look at the types of criminal and violent instances reported at area campuses:
• Independence High – 38 offenses (26 possession of controlled substances, 7 possession of a weapon, 4 assault on school personnel and 1 possession of alcoholic beverage).
• Northeast Middle – 30 offenses (21 assault on school personnel, 5 possession of a weapon, 2 possession of alcoholic beverage, 1 possession of controlled substance and 1 assault involving use of a weapon).
• Butler High – 27 offenses (19 possession of controlled substances and 8 possession of a weapon).
• Rocky River High – 25 offenses (15 possession of controlled substances, 6 possession of a weapon, 2 possession of a firearm, 1 possession of alcoholic beverage and 1 sexual assault).
• Providence High – 9 offenses (8 possession of controlled substances and 1 possession of alcoholic beverage).
• Crestdale Middle – 5 offenses (3 possession of a weapon, 1 assault on school personnel and 1 possession of firearm).
• Lebanon Elementary – 5 offenses (3 assault on school personnel and 2 possession of a weapon).
• Mint Hill Middle – 5 offenses (1 assault involving use of a weapon, 1 possession of alcoholic beverage, 1 possession of controlled substance, 1 possession of a weapon and 1 sexual assault).
• Clear Creek Elementary – 1 offense (1 assault on school personnel)
Several area schools reported no criminal or violent offenses, including Bain Elementary, Crownpoint Elementary, Elizabeth Lane Elementary, Levine Middle College High and Matthews Elementary.
Statewide, criminal and violent offenses declined from 10,020 in 2015-16 to 9,834 in 2016-17.