Wake County Schools

Crime rate down in Wake schools

Posted August 5, 2011

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— The crime rate in Wake County public schools dropped during the 2010-11 school year from 8.2 percent to 7.2 percent, the school system's superintendent said Friday.

The violent crime rate, Tony Tata said, also saw a 59 percent decrease – from 99 reported cases in 2009-10 to 41 cases in 2010-11. A violent crime is any crime in which an instrument is used as a weapon.

Tata said he also has been talking with students who get into trouble to find out what leads to the inappropriate behavior.

"I want to hear from them, the peer pressure that they're feeling," he said.

Tata said that he has also started a behavior advisory council, made up of psychologists, counselors and social worker,  to meet monthly to discuss how to help students deal with peer pressure and find better ways to provide outlets for children to talk about issues before events happen that lead to suspensions.

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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Aug 8, 2011

    The problem with Wake County schools is that the busing program has spread the crime problem through all of the high schools and middle schools.

    My niece at Millbrook talks about gangs from Southeast Raleigh roaming the halls looking for kids from North Raleigh to pounce on.

    End busing and lower the crime rate in schools at the same time.

  • gopack07 Aug 8, 2011

    "Drug dealers, gang members, violent students do not need to be in a regular school. Public schools can be created for them but it is wrong for them to be forced into schools both for the other kids and the teachers."

    There are alternative schools that a lot of these "repeat offenders" end up going to. The goal of every school is to try everything they can before resorting to this option. Wake County doesn't have the resources to house ALL drug dealers and gang members, otherwise these special schools will end up resembling jails.

  • boneymaroney13 Aug 5, 2011

    Hmmmmmmmm. Maybe they are arresting the trouble makers and getting them out of he school and not letting them become repeat offenders.

  • quaten Aug 5, 2011

    "Sad that schools have ANY crime rate."

    I agree, that headline (Crime rate down in Wake schools) is just depressing, even if it is good news.

  • bnlncteach Aug 5, 2011

    I agree it is sad that crime rate is measured in schools, but it also makes me sad that there is crime yet the board is pushing less discipline in the schools and the mentality every child has to stay in school, almost no matter what. Parents need to step up and raise their kids and it is not fair to children who have respect and are in school to learn to have to deal with kids who are not. Drug dealers, gang members, violent students do not need to be in a regular school. Public schools can be created for them but it is wrong for them to be forced into schools both for the other kids and the teachers.

  • North Carolina Home Aug 5, 2011

    "Sad that schools have ANY crime rate" computer trainer

    Sad even that we measure the crime rate in schools...this is a sick and sad article that emphasizes the level to which our society has fallen.

  • computer trainer Aug 5, 2011

    Sad that schools have ANY crime rate.

  • No Party Affiliate Aug 5, 2011

    7.2% is still too high.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Aug 5, 2011

    "The crime rate in Wake County public schools dropped during the 2010-11 school year from 8.2 percent to 7.2 percent, the school system's superintendent said Friday."

    What are we missing here? 7.2% of what?

  • chevybelair57sd Aug 5, 2011

    With the latest government actions, even the kids have to behave LOL