Michigan ranks 4th nationally in instances of school crime
School crime has increased since 2010 according to a report by the U.S. Department of Education. "Indicators of School Crime," a report by the National Center for Education Statistics, showed that in 2012, even though the crime rate has increased over the past couple of years, it is still down from its highest rate of 81 victims of crimes per 1,000 students in 1992.
The data for 2012 shows that students between the ages of 12 to 18 were the victims of crimes like theft, assault and violent crimes like rape and robbery at a rate of 52 victims per 1,000 students-up from 38 victims in 2010.
But, students weren't the only victims of school crime. In 2012, about 9 percent of teachers nationally reported being threatened with physical injury. In addition, 5 percent of teachers reported being physically attacked in 2012, which is the highest rate ever reported.
In that same year, 11 percent of Michigan teachers reported being threatened with physical injury. That puts the state fourth in the nation for school crime with a significant increase since 2007-08.
In May, Michigan made national news when the video of an Education Achievement Authority (EEA) teacher surfaced showing her trying to break up a classroom fight with a broom. The EAA fired her temporarily for using physical force against a student, but she was rehired after the public rallied to her side.
To address school crime and school safety, the state plans on having an "OK-2-SAY" hotline up and running this fall which will allow students to confidentially report threats to school safety by phone, email or text message. Legislation establishing the hotline was proposed after the shootings in Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
The school data from the FBI, Justice Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with other sources for the 2011-12 school year served as a basis for the report.