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Wake County Public School Students Feeling Safer

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RALEIGH — Wake County Public School students feel they are safer in the classroom these days.

The system received an $8.1 million dollar federal grant following the Columbine school shootings. The money is being used in several areas to train students, staff and the community to act less violently.

Tracking problems last school year shows the numbers support the perception that schools are safe.

"We looked at arrests, we looked at suspensions, we looked at violent incidents and all of those things are going in the right direction. We seen a trend for these going down. Also, the perception that school is a safe place to be is going up," Dr. Ron Anderson of Safe Schools/Healthy Students said.

This is the second year of the three-year grant to the school system, human services, juvenile justice programs and law enforcement to create safer schools.