Report: School crime up 13.5 percent

There were 186 crimes reported in Sumner County elementary and secondary schools in 2017, according to data submitted by local law enforcement agencies to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The majority of the offenses (150) were reported by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office who has 33 School Resource Officers in Sumner County’s 48 public schools.

“We’re there more so we take the offense reports more,” said Sumner County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Aaron Pickard.

Reported offenses include crimes against persons like simple and aggravated assault; crimes against property like arson and vandalism; and drug and weapons violations.

Reported crimes in Sumner County included one forcible rape; six incidents of forcible fondling; three aggravated assaults; 58 simple assaults; 46 crimes against property; 37 drug/narcotic violations and 12 weapons law violations.

Eleven of the weapons law violations as well as the forcible rape was reported by the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office. The Gallatin News has requested information about where these crimes occurred and the nature of the crime from the Sumner County Sheriff’s Office. That information has not yet been made available.   

Hendersonville police responded to 11 offenses with a school location in 2017, including two aggravated assaults, two drug/narcotic violations and one weapons law violation. When an open records request was submitted to Hendersonville police for the aggravated assault(s) and weapons law violation reports, a reporter was told that more information was needed to identify the incidences like a time, date or a location.

Gallatin police responded to nine offenses with a school location code in 2017, while Portland police responded to 10, according to the TBI data.

Statewide school crime data

The 2017 data, along with 2015 and 2016 school crime numbers, are compiled in the TBI’s annual School Crimes Study released in May.

Here are some of the study’s findings:

-        From 2015 to 2017, a total of 27,038 offenses were reported by Tennessee agencies with a school location code.

-        Overall, the number of offenses occurring in school increased 13.5 percent from 8,494 offenses in 2015 to 9,642 offenses in 2017.

-        Simple assault was the most frequently reported offense (37.4 percent).

-        Friday was the most frequently reported day of the week for school crimes.

-        School crime offenses occurred predominantly between 12 p.m. and 2:59 p.m.

-        The month of September had the highest frequency of school crimes.

-        The most common weapon type was Personal Weapons (hands, fist, feet, etc. at 80.1 percent).

-        Males aged 16-17 were the most reported offenders comprising a total of 28.1 percent followed by the age group category of 14-15 at 27.4 percent.

-        Drug violations increased significantly by 29.2 percent from 2015 to 2017.

Go to https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/tbi/documents/tibrs/2017%20School%20Crime_Final.pdf

to read the full School Crime report.

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