REPORT: Crime, expulsions up in NC schools in 2022-2023

REPORT: Crime, expulsions up in NC schools in 2022-2023

More students are also being expelled from North Carolina schools, according to the report.

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) – A report from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction shows a rise in crimes, violence and expulsions in schools but a decrease in dropouts.

The 98-page report, focused on the 2022-2023 school year, says there were 64 expulsions in North Carolina schools, compared to 48 the prior year. That’s a 33.3% increase.

The total number of crimes also went up by more than 18 percent from 11,170 to 13,193 in 2022-2023, according to the report.

Out of all reportable crimes, the report says Possession of Control Substance was the most common one, followed by Possession of Weapon and Assault on School Personnel.

One positive from the report was the number of dropouts, which went down. In 2022-2023, schools in the state reported 10,523 dropouts, a decrease from the 11,771 reported in 2021-2022.

It also says there were no rapes or kidnappings reported during the 2022-2023 school year.

Interestingly, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon reporter went up 600% over a five-year time period ending in the 2022-2023 school year. Bomb threats also jumped by 166.7% over that same time period.

One and five-year percent difference in acts of crime and violence

One and five-year percent difference in acts of crime and violence

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