APRIL 27, 2012
In a frightening revelation, the government has conceded that nearly 1 million violent crimes committed at public schools throughout the United States are not reported to police, probably to shield perpetrators from disadvantaged and minority communities.
What else could it be? Why wouldn’t administrators responsible for keeping kids safe in a learning environment call police when a violent crime is committed on their campus? The unbelievable statistic comes straight from a report published jointly by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Education (DOE).
Incredibly, it covers only one academic year, 2009-2010. American public schools say that 1,183,700 violent crimes were committed on campus yet only 303,900 were reported to local law enforcement. That means an astounding 879,800 violent crimes were not reported to police! This includes rape, robbery, attacks with weapons and sexual battery. At school! What on earth keeps a teacher or principal from speed-dialing police?
The crimes were committed in public school buildings or adjacent grounds. Some took place on those taxpayer-funded yellow buses that shuttle students around before and after the bell. The offenses happened before, during or after normal school hours, or when school activities or events were in session, the federal report says. In all, 74% of the nation’s schools were the scene of violent crimes during the academic year yet only 40% reported them to police.
Here is a breakdown; of 725,300 physical attacks only 194,200 were reported to police, according to the feds. Even when “serious violent incidents” were committed, law enforcement was only contacted about half the time, in 23,500 out of 52,500 cases. These events are defined as rape, attempted rape, sexual battery or crimes involving weapons.
Of 3,600 sexual batteries that occurred in public schools during the year, only 2,200 were reported to police and more than 100 rapes went unreported. Attacks involving weapons were also covered up at an alarming rate, the schools admit in the report. Only 4,400 out of 14,300 were reported to police and less than half of the 19,200 threats of physical attack with a weapon were reported.
The data was compiled from a variety of sources, including national surveys of teachers, students and principals. Other information was obtained from a DOE study of violent deaths in schools as well as a variety of other government surveys on youth risk behavior and crime and safety. Besides the crime reporting statistics, the report also covers topics such as bullying, teacher injury, school conditions and drug and alcohol use among students.
Back to the theory behind not reporting school crimes to police, the Obama Administration has applied tremendous pressure to cut back on disciplining minorities because they are disproportionately suspended in public schools. In fact, the administration launched a special program last summer to discourage the expulsion of delinquents in order to eradicate a “school-to-prison pipeline” composed mainly of blacks and Hispanics.
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