Violent Crime Rising in Charlotte Schools

By JEFF CAMPBELL / NewsChannel 36 – March 4, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — From gun crime to sex crime, the number of violent acts in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools rose significantly during the 2009-2010 school year, according to a new statewide report.

That report highlighted 1545 incidents in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools – including 534 incidents of weapons possession, 517 cases of drug possession, 40 sexual assaults, 35 assaults resulting in serious injury and 215 assaults on school personnel.

According to CMS, the number of incidents classified as violent acts increased from 62 to 107.  That is a jump of 72 percent from the year before.

Among the other highlights:

Twelve sexual assaults were reported at James Martin Middle School.  NewsChannel 36 has documented several of these cases throughout the last year.  Time after time, middle school girls reported being groped, fondled and sexually battered on school buses either going to or leaving James Martin Middle School.

Myers Park High School had 75 incidents, which is more than any other school.  Most cases at Myers Park involved possession of drugs.

CMS says eight schools were designated by the state as “persistently dangerous schools.”

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