ERIC Number: ED429342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Annual Report on School Violence, 1997-98.
North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
This is the fifth Annual Report resulting from North Carolina's 1993 Safe Schools Act, a legislative initiative that requires schools to report to the State Board specified acts of disruption, crime, or violence. To generate the report, data were collected from all regular public schools in North Carolina via their central offices. The report forms were verified for completion and accuracy and the verified data were submitted for entry and analysis. The findings show that statewide incidents decreased by 7.35 percent for 1997-98, compared to the previous year. For the 13 reported categories of problems, only "possession of a weapon" did not exhibit a decrease compared to the 1996-97 report. The vast majority of schools reported no-to-few incidents: 40.5 percent reported zero incidents, 37.2 percent reported 1 to 5 incidents, and 22.3 percent reported more than 5 incidents. The three highest incidence acts tracked from the beginning of annual reporting--possession of controlled substances and weapons, and assault on school personnel--continue to be the highest incidence acts in this report, with these three problems accounting for 86 percent of all reportable acts in North Carolina public schools. Assaults on school personnel substantially decreased for elementary schools, and sexual assaults and sexual offenses and robbery decreased for both elementary and high schools. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Carolina State Dept. of Public Instruction, Raleigh.
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina