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Report shows number of cases 'significantly lower’

Tuesday, June 29, 2010 10:09 AM
Last updated Thursday, July 1, 2010 7:42 PM
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A state-required Unsafe School report made public Tuesday showed that Richmond County schools had far fewer student misconduct cases labeled as dangerous in the 2009-10 school year.



"Of special note, the number of cases reported for misconduct are significantly lower than in previous years, which is most positive," says a memo that school board attorney Pete Fletcher released Tuesday along with the report's systemwide and individual school findings.

The countywide report of Richmond County middle and high schools listed 77 total offenses for the school system in 2009-10 - 39 fewer than 2008-09 and 59 fewer than in 2007-08.

The same report, though, showed that two Richmond County schools - the Academy of Richmond County and Davidson Fine Arts Magnet - were placed on a first-year notice by the state as a result of incidents in a more serious crimes category.

ARC's case involved an aggravated battery charge in which a student was cut severely in the face and neck by another student. Davidson's case involved two counts of aggravated child molestation after separate incidents in which minor students had oral sex, according to Fletcher's memo.

The schools would be placed on the state's Persistently Dangerous School list if, in the next two consecutive years, they have similar violations or if more than 2 percent of their students commit offenses in a less serious category, Fletcher said.

Once a school is placed on the Persistently Dangerous School list, its students are given the option of transferring to public schools deemed safe in the same district.

No Richmond County schools are currently on the Per­sistently Dangerous list, state Department of Education spokesman Matt Cardoza said.

Systemwide in 2009-10, Richmond County schools had 39 non felony drug cases, compared to 55 the previous year. Felony drug cases also dropped from 10 in the 2008-09 school year to seven in 2009-10.

Terroristic threat cases decreased from 28 in 2008-09 to four in 2009-10.

Felony weapons cases showed a slight increase, with 24 in 2009-10 - a jump of one from the previous year.

There also was the one case of aggravated battery reported this past school year, compared to none the previous year, and the two aggravated child molestation offenses this year, compared to none in 2008-09.

ARC had the most offenses - 10, including one aggravated battery, five non felony drug cases and four felony weapons incidents. Westside High had nine offenses: five for non felony drugs, one felony drug case, two felony weapons incidents and one terroristic threat.

Glenn Hills Middle and A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet were the only schools with no offenses .

For A.R. Johnson, it was the third year in a row . Glenn Hills Middle had one offense in 2008-09 and six in 2007-08.

School offenses

Offenses listed for Richmond County schools:

 '10'09'08
Aggravated battery100
Aggravated child molestation200
Non felony drugs395556
Felony drugs7107
Felony weapons242339
Terroristic threats42834
Total77116136

Sources: Georgia Department of Education, Richmond County school board attorney Pete Fletcher's office

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jbenny2010
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jbenny2010 06/29/10 - 09:48 am
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That's just because the

That's just because the principals are not reporting the incidents. Can't have your school on that "most dangerous schools" list.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/10 - 10:04 am
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46 drug cases out of 32,000

46 drug cases out of 32,000 students.

Sure.

cristinadh
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cristinadh 06/29/10 - 10:38 am
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There were more than that..

There were more than that.. the first comment is right.. the schools are not reporting it!!

madneighbor
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madneighbor 06/29/10 - 11:22 am
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They obviously did NOT check

They obviously did NOT check Butler HS. My son said there is a fight there almost everyday and he frequently has students come up and offer him dope. He reports them, but nothing ever seems to be done about it since it's the same people all the time. So why not move him you ask? He wants to graduate with his friends. Why am I commenting about it? Hopefully to catch the attention of the administration so they can be more aware of what's going on in their school and actually do something about it. I know, wishful thinking.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 06/29/10 - 01:16 pm
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dear mad, it's easy to show

dear mad, it's easy to show improvement when you don't report 99% of the incidents. the sorry, uncaring and inept school board don't have the guts, motivation or inclination to do what is necessary. they need to maintain current enrollment levels as they are or have them decrease as little as possible in order to prevent the loss of additional state/federal education funding due to low enrollment levels, there's only so many schools that will qualify for "lets keeps the poor performing schools performing poorly funds"...ooops i mean the "reach for the top" grants so every student that is in attendance counts...i feel for your son, so until the idiotic schools board is voted out and replaced with board members who don't count success as having enuff students TAKE the ayp exams, instead of the number who make passing grades, or accepting 65% graduations rates (including johnson/davidson-less than 60% without them) as doing well, a willingness to make our schools safe and conducive to the learning process, the richmond county schoo district will continue to fail to meet ayp until they end up losing their accreditation

Animallvr
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Animallvr 06/29/10 - 01:30 pm
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As a teacher, I confirm the

As a teacher, I confirm the first comment is absolutely correct!

madneighbor
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madneighbor 06/29/10 - 01:34 pm
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I fear you are right,

I fear you are right, lifelongresident. The RCBOE is a joke; overpaid board members sitting around talking about programs that "target" one group or another. If they put as much energy into the entire system as they do their "special projects", we'd have something there. Alas, it is what it is and he's a Senior this year, so we won't be dealing with them much longer. I do worry about the next generation; will my grandchildren have to wear bullet-proof vests to classes or be patted down daily for weapons/drugs because of others that have them?

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/10 - 02:07 pm
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When it comes to reports like

When it comes to reports like these, the RCBOE has zero credibility.

There are too many children and teachers saying otherwise.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/29/10 - 04:57 pm
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No need to pile on RC; it's

No need to pile on RC; it's no better in Columbia County. The well-connected or militantly ethnic offend, re-offend, and then go on to ever- increasing acts of punkdom. If the child is 'special,' it's in-school for jail offenses.

The school principals cannot affort to tell the truth; lie and get moved up, tell the truth and reprimanded, written up and passed over for advancement. This comment is not the result of second hand knowledge.

countyman
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countyman 06/29/10 - 05:31 pm
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Madneighbor and Animalvill

Madneighbor and Animalvill are two people. There are over 33,000 kids in RC. Which means there about 60,000 parents... Im going to have to hear more than two people.

corgimom
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corgimom 06/29/10 - 05:51 pm
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Absolutely, Countyman, the 3

Absolutely, Countyman, the 3 RC high schools that are in the lowest 5% of the state- only the perfect angels attend those schools.

You would have to rank RC in a national ranking before you'd believe it, Countyman.

Go ask some of the kids that you meet as you walk up and down Broad St.

cleanup
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cleanup 06/29/10 - 05:59 pm
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I can personally attest to

I can personally attest to the underreporting of ALL kinds of incidents, at magnet schools and zone schools. ASK TEACHERS! Sorry asst. principals, sorry principals, sorry school board, and sorry (former) superintendent.

It's all a money game these days. You didn't think educrats actually cared about educating children, did you? Discipline is actually getting a lot WORSE with larger class sizes and the idiotic mandates from the state and local board of education.

Please, VOTE THESE SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS OUT. Vote for smarter people who actually have the children in mind. ALL of the children, not just minority or "at risk" (although their programs haven't really helped those kids either).

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 06/29/10 - 07:57 pm
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What a joke of an article

What a joke of an article this is. First, if you really want safer schools then the statistics would actually increase. Anyone who thinks there were only 50 incidents of drugs on RC school campuses are burrying their heads in the sand as are the administrators and some teachers. No one wants their school labeled as "Bad" so therefore, people look the other way, fail to report, under-report or simply ignore what is going on. If you want safer schools, back up your teachers, encourage reporting vs. worrying about stats, conduct locker searches, make it clear that violations will not be tollerated, have Public Safety more involved in what is going on within your school and encourage them to be pro-active vs. re-active, etc. Make it clear from the top down that your school is a place of learning and that all other misconduct and violations of the law will be dealt with swiftly and appropriately. Do your absolute best to expel or have arrested all hard core problem students such as those who sell drugs, are violent, carry weapons, etc. and for those who disrupt the learning process, give maximum suspensions each and every time. Those who want to learn will then have a fair chance to succeed and those who are destined for jail or welfare the rest of their lives anyway will be removed from the system without effecting others in the process. Basically, be a Joe Clark principal and do your job vs. worrying about stats.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 06/29/10 - 08:37 pm
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Nobody actually believes this

Nobody actually believes this report. And I think everyone knows in their heart that the superintendent and the principals are attempting to not report these incidents if they can be contained at the school. This is what you get when people start demanding accountability from their school system. The administrators start lying on their reports and the teachers start helping the kids cheat on the tests, or at a minimum only teaching the test questions. And it's not really all their fault. If the administrators told the truth on the reports and if the teachers tried to teach these little heathens in a normal manner, when the truthful reports and actual test scores came out the feds or the state would probably jerk our certification and close all of the RC schools. So, like everything else in these little heathens' lives, somebody has to tell lies and make excuses for them and pass them on up the line.

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 06/30/10 - 05:52 am
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So many government reports

So many government reports are agenda oriented.

edreformfan
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edreformfan 06/30/10 - 09:48 am
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I think everyone agrees these

I think everyone agrees these statistical reports are worthless. Rather than hiring people to analyze worhtless data, how about having a representative of the board at each school, every day, observing what really goes on? Why not hire more police officers to patrol the halls and quickly resolve dangerous situations? Teachers try to speak out, but they are silenced by administrators who are pressured by school boards filled by ignorant and corrupt individuals. "Write ups" documenting dangerous threats are thrown away by administrators who don't want to look bad, the same administrators who choose to hide in their office while blaming teachers for out of control students. I suggest adopting a policy based on increasing parent accountability and focusing on removing problematic students from the classroom. Shifting teachers around really does nothing to solve the problem. In every school you will find a broad spectrum of teachers, from excellent to just plain awful. It is up to the administrators to filter out the problematic students before blaming teachers for every failure. Everyone gets a shot at enjoying a free and public education ... the first time. I understand some kids truly have special needs, and resources and support need to be provided; however, we simply do not have the resources or ability to save every student, especially those who are just plain lazy, selfish, and dangerous to those around them. Some kids are just bad apples and need to be removed from the system. Alternative school is a good start for them and sometimes, the best option.

flipa
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flipa 06/30/10 - 12:21 pm
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School crime is so bad they

School crime is so bad they had to form their own police force so they don’t have to report the crimes. RCBOE speaks with forked tongue and endangers the public.

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 06/30/10 - 01:02 pm
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How about felony theft

How about felony theft ($14,000.00) ? This is an example of what gets reported and what doesn't. I know this was an employee but if they don't report this, why would they report students? As Cliff says, this is part of the "agenda" of goverment.

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