TBI releases annual school crime study

Staff Reports • May 15, 2018 at 5:07 PM

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released a new study Tuesday, which detailed the volume and nature of crime on kindergarten through 12th-grade campuses across the state.

The annual report compiles three years of crime data submitted to TBI by the state’s law enforcement agencies through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

• from 2015-2017, a total of 27,038 offenses were reported by Tennessee law enforcement agencies with a “school” location code.

• the number of offenses that happened in schools increased 13.5 percent, from 8,494 offenses in 2015 to 9,642 in 2017.

• simple assault was the most frequently reported offense, accounting for 37.4 percent of reported offenses.

•  September had the highest frequency of reported school crimes.

• while boys accounted for 57.3 percent of offenders in reported offenses, girls accounted for 52.8 percent of victims.

• the most common weapon type was “persona weapon” – hands, fist, feet, etc. – at 80.1 percent.

“This study will hopefully assist law enforcement, school administrations and government officials in planning their efforts in the fight against crime and continue to create awareness that crime exists as a threat to our communities,” said TBI director Mark Gwyn. “The threats to society by criminal activity must be addressed by efforts from all law-abiding citizens, as well as law enforcement agencies.”

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