Crime in state's public schools decline

Jan 30, 2017

The number of reportable acts of school crime decreased in the 2015-2016 school year. George Olsen has more.

The state Department of Public Instruction’s 2015-2016 Consolidated Data Report says the number of reported acts of school crime decreased 3.2 percent last school year. The number of reportable crimes was 10,020 compared to 10,347 the prior school year. There are 16 reportable offenses, of which four showed increases including assault on school personnel and possession of a firearm or explosive. The report also said there was a 4 percent increase in short term suspensions of 10 days or less while long term suspensions decreased 4.5 percent. And only four school districts out of 115 reported using corporal punishment. I’m George Olsen.