Crime rates across the board in local schools

The N.C. Department of Public Instruction recently released data on criminal activity in public schools.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools averaged 11.33 reported crimes per 1,000 students. The most common crimes were assault on school personnel (382), possession of a controlled substance (434) and weapon possession (512).

Gaston County reported 117 criminal acts for a rate of 3.81 crimes per 1,000 students. The most common crimes in Gaston were possession of a controlled substance (66) and weapon possession (31).

Here’s how local schools reported crime for the 2011-2012 school year:

Elementary schools

Long Creek Elementary

With 520 students, Long Creek reported five crimes in 2011-2012, for an average of 9.62 acts per 1,000 students. All five crimes were weapon possessions.

Mountain Island Elementary

With 623 students, Mountain Island Elementary reported seven crimes in the 2011-2012 school year, for an average of 11.24 acts per 1,000 students. The school had one assault resulting in a serious injury, one assault on school personnel and six weapon possessions.

Oakdale Elementary

With 649 students, Oakdale reported eight criminal acts in the 2011-2012 school year, for an average of 12.33 acts per 1,000 students.

Paw Creek Elementary

With 487 students, Paw Creek Elementary reported one assault on school personnel and one weapon possession in 2011-2012.

Pinewood Elementary

With 538 students, Pinewood Elementary reported 5 crimes in the 2011-2012 school year, for an average of 9.29 acts per 1,000 students. There was one assault on school personnel, one bomb threat, one firearm possession and two weapon possessions.

Rankin Elementary

With 616 students, Rankin Elementary did not report any crime in 2011-2012.

River Oaks Academy

With 613 students, River Oaks Academy reported three crimes in the 2011-2012 school year, for an average of 4.89 acts per 1,000 students. The school had one assault on school personnel and one weapon possession.

Whitewater Academy

With 700 students, Whitewater Academy reported nine crimes in the 2011-2012 school year, for an average of 12.86 acts per 1,000 students. Crimes included four assaults on school personnel, four weapon possessions and one sexual assault.

Middle schools

Francis Bradley Middle

Bradley Middle reported nine crimes, for a crime rate of 7.81 acts per 1,000 students in 2011-2012. The school had 1,152 students last year. Crimes included one assault on school personnel, two controlled substance possessions, four weapon possessions and two sexual assaults.

Mount Holly Middle

Mount Holly Middle reported eight crimes, for a crime rate of 10.15 acts per 1,000 students in 2011-2012. The school had 788 students last year. Crimes included two alcohol possessions and six controlled substance possessions.

Coulwood Middle

Coulwood Middle reported a total of 27 crimes, for a crime rate of 32.69 acts per 1,000 students in 2011-2012. The school had 826 students last year. Crimes included one assault resulting in serious injury, three assaults on school personnel, one controlled substance possession, one alcohol possession, 18 weapon possessions and three sexual assaults.

Whitewater Middle

Whitewater Middle reported a total of 18 crimes, or a crime rate of 20.74 criminal acts per 1,000 students. The school had 868 students last year. Crimes included two assaults on school personnel, two assaults involving use of a weapon, two alcohol possessions, two controlled substance possessions, eight weapon possessions and two sexual assaults.

High schools

West Mecklenburg High

West Mecklenburg had 1,761 students last year and reported 35 criminal acts, for an average of 19.88 acts per 1,000 students. Crimes included five assaults on school personnel, 24 controlled substance possessions, one firearm possession and five weapon possessions.

East Gaston High

East Gaston had 1,456 students last year and reported 15 crimes, for an average of 10.30 acts per 1,000 students. Crimes included 10 controlled substance possessions and five weapon possessions.

Hopewell High

The school had 1,668 students and reported 23 criminal acts, for an average of 13.79 per 1,000 students. Crimes included two assaults on school personnel, four fires, three instances of alcohol possession, 12 controlled substance possession cases, one weapon possession and one sexual assault.

Charter schools

Mountain Island Charter

Mountain Island Charter School reported one weapon possession, for an average of 1.42 criminal acts per 1,000 students. The school has 704 students.

Lake Norman Charter

Lake Norman Charter reported three criminal acts in 2011-12 for its student population of 1,579, for a crime rate of 1.9 per 1,000 students. Crimes included two controlled substance possessions and one weapon possession.

Lincoln Charter

The school had 1,374 students last year and reported one crime: a bomb threat. The school’s crime rate is 0.73 per 1,000 students.

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