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Richmond County schools report eight fewer dangerous crimes in 2010-11

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The number of dangerous crimes committed by Richmond County public school students is gradually dropping, with eight fewer cases in 2010-11 than in the previous school year.

The State Board of Education defines a school as “persistently dangerous” when for three consecutive years it is the scene of a serious crime, such as a homicide or rape, or when at least 2 percent of students, or 10 students, whichever is greater, are found to have committed certain criminal offenses, such as drug possession or terroristic threats.

No Richmond County school was labeled persistently dangerous, and all but six schools had fewer crimes in 2010-11 than the previous year.

In 2010-11, there were 69 incidents districtwide identified by the state as “dangerous,” compared with 77 in 2009-10 and 116 in 2008-09, according to a state-required Unsafe School Report The Augusta Chronicle obtained from school board attorney Pete Fletcher.

School Safety and Security Chief Patrick Clayton said the decrease in serious crimes is the result of a heightened effort by school safety officers and administrators to push a no-tolerance policy toward crime.

Since 2009, a gang task force has been assigned to the schools to conduct interventions and prevention activities with students.

“We feel like taking those steps to reduce the gang influences in the schools will actually pay off in dividends in other areas of drug and weapon crimes,” Clayton said.

Systemwide in 2010-11, Richmond County had five fewer weapons cases than the 24 incidents in 2009-10.

However, felony drug cases increased from seven to 13 in 2010-11 while nonfelony drug offenses dropped from 39 to 31.

Butler High School had the most offenses, at 15, including seven nonfelony drug, five felony drug and three felony weapons cases, which was a substantial increase from the two crimes in 2009-10.

Cross Creek High, Glenn Hills High, Morgan Road Middle, Tutt Middle and Terrace Manor Elementary schools had slight increases in dangerous crimes in 2010-11.

Terrace Manor had one crime, which was a felony weapon incident, in which a fifth-grader brought a gun and ammunition to school.

Glenn Hills High School was the only school placed on a first-year notice list, for a child molestation case that occurred in 2010-11 at the school. If the school has any similar violations for the next two years, it will be placed on the persistently dangerous list.

In the molestation case, three male students engaged in oral sex with two female students, according to the unsafe school report.

Because of the students’ ages and the act of oral sex, it was classified as a child molestation case, although Clayton said the students were charged with misdemeanors.

Although crime has not been eradicated, Clayton said the lower number of offenses in Richmond County schools shows the positive changes also happening in the community.

“What’s going on out there in the city is going on in our schools,” Clayton said. “All the types of violence are things we’re trying to keep out of the schools.”

School offenses

Types of crimes considered in the Georgia Department of Education Unsafe School Report: Aggravated battery, aggravated child molestation, aggravated sexual battery, aggravated sodomy, armed robbery, arson-first degree, kidnapping, murder, rape, voluntary manslaughter, non-felony drugs, felony drugs, felony weapons, terroristic threats.

Offenses listed for Richmond County Schools

 201120102009
Aggravated battery010
Aggravated Child molestation120
Non-felony drugs313955
Felony drugs13710
Felony weapons192423
Terroristic threats5428
Total6977116
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TK3
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TK3 10/12/11 - 02:59 pm
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SERIOUS...If you can't afford

SERIOUS...If you can't afford private schooling or even homeschooling you best NOT have kids !

countyman
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countyman 10/12/11 - 03:57 pm
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Private schools such as

Private schools such as Augusta Christain have tons of drugs and underage sex problems.. While public schools similar to Davidson have less issues..

Wow! Execute kids for simply doing drugs or having sex??? I don't think you realize how many kids across the US would be executed or stoned due to your policy..

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Patty-P 10/12/11 - 03:20 pm
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I don't believe the stats are

I don't believe the stats are even accurate. There is too much not being reported at the convenience of the BOE. Makes the numbers look better but I bet it isn't accurate.

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dstewartsr 10/12/11 - 04:57 pm
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P-P is correct; this is only

P-P is correct; this is only the REPORTED incidents but schools rarely report crimes unless a parent reports it first. Schools also downgrade incidents from the criminal to simple disciplinary infractions whenever they can get away with it to avoid having to report as well. The way the laws work now, actually reporting or doing something about crime is held against the school system; why on Earth would they want to hurt their own ratings? This is true of all school systems; not just RC.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/12/11 - 08:38 pm
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Of course public schools like

Of course public schools like Davidson don't have those issues. They won't accept students that have had prior behavioral problems, and if they present any problems at Davidson they just make them return to their home-zoned school. What an absurd thing to say.

The funniest part was the drug offenses. Does anyone really think that out of 33,000 students, there were only 44 drug-related offenses? Nobody with any common sense would believe this for a minute.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 10/12/11 - 09:30 pm
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I would say that Davidson is
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I would say that Davidson is a public-private school and not even considerable in this report. Trying to inflect it into this discussion shows the ulterior motive people have of trying to paint a cylindrical piece of fecal matter and make it look appealing. Ain't working!

countyman
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countyman 10/12/11 - 10:59 pm
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You don't think private

You don't think private schools such as Augusta Christain dimiss students all the time?

Davidson doesn't kick students out for every single disciplinary action.. They also accept students who had prior behavoiral and academic problems. They don't discriminate against students who may have gotten in trouble, and now they're on the right path..

Refering to Davidson as public-private when it's clearly a public school makes no sense at all.

I know Augusta Christain has more drug problems compared to ARC and Westside..

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AutumnLeaves 10/12/11 - 11:38 pm
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Davidson has the same

Davidson has the same problems every other school has, maybe not every year, nor as often as most schools, but they have them. As far as private schools, I can only speak from my own years in private school in Augusta. We had some troubled students whose parents sent them to private school because they were kicked out of the school system. Happened more often than I would have thought. I don't know if entry policies are more stringent now. Sometimes these children didn't straighten up, but sometimes they did. Some of the private school students that I noticed getting into trouble were either those that had too much discretionary income or were least well-heeled. Seemed like those two groups succumbed to temptation to do risky activities, including illegal ones, more often than "the middle", but the middle was by no means immune. I don't know if my impression was accurate; I have no figures to go by.

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Craig Spinks 10/13/11 - 12:21 am
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(C)ountyman, "I know Augusta

(C)ountyman,

"I know Augusta Christain(sic) has more drug problems compared to ARC and Westside."

How do you know? What do you know? Do you know how many drug problems each of the three schools has? Please provide your fellow bloggers and blog-readers with your information.

And please also share you drug-related information with Clay at 706-541-2800 and with Ronnie at 706-821-1080.

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 10/13/11 - 01:00 am
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It's public-private because
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It's public-private because it's not open to everyone...just like private schools aren't open to everyone. If you deny that then I don't know what to tell you.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 10/13/11 - 02:28 am
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Iwannakno, If less than ten

Iwannakno,

If less than ten percent of the RCSS student body is served by magnet schools and other advanced curricular programs, what are the remaining 90% getting? Or don't these children of the poorer, less-educated, less-connected and darker-pigmented parents of A-RC count as much as the kids at Davidson, Johnson, Walker and in ARC's IB program?

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 10/13/11 - 02:33 am
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Lest I forget: KUDOS to Mr.

Lest I forget: KUDOS to Mr. Clayton for his leadership of the RCSS's police force during the period when the incidence of dangerous crimes has been reduced.

corgimom
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corgimom 10/13/11 - 07:59 am
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I would also like to know how

I would also like to know how Countyman knows so much about Davidson's disciplinary problems and procedures. And tell me, Countyman, just how many students has Davidson accepted with prior behavior and disciplinary problems, and where did you get that information?

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 10/13/11 - 09:43 am
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@countyman ".............whil
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@countyman

".............while public schools similar to Davidson have less issues."

ROFL..........more humor from the king of stand-up comedy!

Uh.......countyman.......just how many public schools in this area are "similar" to Davidson? Name some. No, scratch that. Name just one.

Would you, perhaps, be insinuating that Davidson is a typical Richmond County public school?

And you know that Augusta Christian has more drug problems than Westside or ARC? OK............if you say so, spam boy. But I think a bald statement like that requires some numbers to back it up.

Well..........we're waiting.

It also requires some evidence that said numbers are not simply a result of a more active policing policy. You would appreciate, of course, that if school "A" has 10 students caught with dope in any given year and school "B" has 2, one possible explanation for that is that school "A" has a much more vigorous and proactive anti-drugs policy, right?

How are the SAT scores for Richmond County public schools this year, countyman? Are we still propping up the ladder in Georgia? They're all "similar" to Davidson's, right..............LOL!!?

Iwannakno
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Iwannakno 10/13/11 - 10:34 am
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Exactly Craig...hence my
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Exactly Craig...hence my public-private comment. Why can't they teach in all schools like this? It would solve a lot of the flight to the surrounding counties!

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