TBI report: crimes in Tennessee schools dropped 11.5% in 2013

TBI report: crimes in Tennessee schools dropped 11.5% in 2013

NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual "School Crime Report" Tuesday, finding that the number of overall crimes occurring at schools decreased 11.5 percent from 2012 to 2013.

The study compiles crime data involving schools, as submitted by the state's law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System.

Among other statistics revealed by the survey, simple assault was the most frequently reported offense, with 3,496, or 35.9 percent, reported in 2013.

The month of April had the highest frequency of school crimes. Males were more likely to be offenders and/or arrestees, while females were most often reported as victims of school crimes.

Marijuana greatly outnumbered all other seized drugs at schools in 2013, accounting for 79.2 percent of drug seizures.

“Schools should be among the safest places in our communities,” said TBI Director Mark Gwyn in a media release. “We hope this study will help law enforcement, school administrators, and government officials enhance their safety plans to continue the work to address crime issues in our schools.”

More online: Read the full report [PDF]
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