Overall Crime Rate Up at CMS

From http://www.wsoctv.com by Torie Wells, January 11, 2012

An annual report put out by the state for lawmakers tracks reported crime and violence on school campuses and school property. State law requires all schools to report certain crimes and violence that are reported on campus or school property, including drugs, weapon possession and assaults.

The most recent report shows that those numbers overall at CMS are up from 1,494 reported in 2010-2011 to 1,552 in 2011-2012.

That works out to a rate of 11.3 for every 1,000 students, up from 11.1 the year before.

The state rate for 2011-2012 is 7.63.

But things are improving at CMS high schools. For the third year in a row, the number of reports and the rate dropped from 16.89 in 2010-2011 to 14.58 in 2011-2012.

“I’m happy, any time there is a drop I’m happy,” said Cecelia Townsend, a CMS parent.

Just this week, Superintendent Dr. Heath Morrison told Eyewitness News that safety is the district’s biggest priority and that after the tragedy in Newtown, the district is looking at safety procedures.

He says security will be a big part of this year’s budget process.

“Are there appropriate uses of perhaps adding some fencing around some of our more open campuses, also, looking to add more security cameras,” said Morrison on Wednesday.

Parents Eyewitness News spoke with Friday say they are glad to hear about the decrease in high school crime, but feel more needs to be done district-wide to keep children safe.

“A lot of security around, I think that helps. They are very visible,” Townsend said of the high school her daughters go to.

“We need more safety procedures put in place at all the schools,” said Tripp Roakes, another parent.

CMS released this statement from Morrison on Friday: “We’re pleased to see our rate declining in high schools but we won’t be satisfied until it’s at zero for all schools. We want our schools to continue to be safe places that are conducive to learning, and we will continue looking at ways to increase safety at schools.”

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