Wake County Schools

Crime rate down in Wake schools

Posted August 5, 2011 2:05 p.m. EDT
Updated August 5, 2011 2:08 p.m. EDT

— 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.