Dropouts Down, Crime Up in CMS

By Eric Frazier And Ann Doss Helms / Charlotte Observer – March 3, 2011

Incidents involving drugs, weapons and assaults in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools rose again last school year, continuing a steady trend of rising numbers over the past seven years.

A new state report released Thursday showed 1,545 criminal or violent acts in local schools for 2009-10. Sixty-seven involved acts of violence. That’s up from 1,298 criminal acts and 62 involving violence the previous school year.

All schools must report 17 types of criminal or violent acts, ranging from drug and alcohol possession to serious assaults and rapes. Statewide, the number of reportable acts rose 4.4 percent last school year.

CMS logged 19 reportable acts for every 1,000 students, compared to about 16 statewide.

Among the notable statistics for CMS:

— 215 assaults on teachers and other staff. That’s up 27 percent, from 169 the previous year.

— 517 drug possession incidents.

— 543 weapons possession incidents (does not include guns).

— Myers Park High had the largest number of reportable acts, with 75. Fifty-one of those were drug possession. Ranson Middle followed with 60, including 17 weapons and 16 assaults on school staff.

— The Morgan alternative school logged the highest rate of crime or violence, with 275 acts per 1,000 students. The Metro School for severely disabled students followed with 123. The highest regular school was Ranson Middle, with 52 incidents per 1,000 students.

In better news for CMS, the report showed its dropout rate declined 17 percent. Dropout rates in Iredell-Statesville and Union County ranked among the state’s lowest. Hickory City schools’ rate ranked among the state’s highest, according to the report.

To see the full report, visit www.ncpublicschools.org/research/discipline/reports. Click on the 2009-10 Consolidated Data Report.

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