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School Safety Measures Stop Some Chaos, But Not All

When it comes to school safety, public school students cyberbully their peers more often and have more outbursts in class.

This is according to a school safety report that the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) published late last month.

Higher percentages of public schools in 2019–20 than in 2009–10 reported the following problems at least once a week: 

• Student cyberbullying (16 percent vs. 8 percent)

• Student verbal abuse of teachers (10 percent vs. 5 percent)

• Student acts of disrespect for teachers other than verbal abuse (15 percent vs. 9 percent)

• Widespread disorder in the classroom (4 percent vs. 3 percent). 

When it comes to forcible sex offenses, matters there also did not improve.

“Despite the overall rate of crime being lower in 2020 than in 2010, the rate of reported forcible sex offenses on campus increased from 1.9 incidents per 10,000 students in 2010 to 6.6 incidents per 10,000 students in 2020,” according to the report.

“Forcible sex offenses constituted 44 percent of all criminal incidents reported on campus in 2020.” 

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The (DOE) report about school safety was not all bad.

In recent years, reported incidents related to crime and safety were less prevalent at elementary and secondary schools when compared with a decade earlier. 

The DOE credits public school administrators for installing more security cameras, hiring more security, controlling access into the school buildings, and offering more mental health assessment and treatment services.

Some public-school systems, though, embrace wokeness and make excuses for students’ bad behaviors.

As reported, Colorado is one of five blue states that embrace Joe Biden and his woke Restorative Justice programs….and, because of that, violent students in the Denver Public School System now rule the roost.

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According to Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ), this concept seeks to rehabilitate offenders rather than punish them. Bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. say Restorative Justice helps students of color. So much for school safety.

As The Denver Gazette reported this month, however, Restorative Justice programs took power away from that city’s teachers. Restorative Justice made those teachers feel helpless.

Last year, members of the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported a new shortage of teachers in public K-12 schools nationwide.

“Negative perception of the teaching profession and perceived lack of support for current teachers are among key recruitment and retention challenges,” according to the GAO summary.

“Teacher shortages are more prevalent in western states and in rural, urban, and high-poverty communities.” 

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