State Says School Violence Is On The Rise
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Violence in city schools is on the rise.
According to numbers released by the state, incidents of sexual assaults and serious fights jumped 50 percent since record keeping began in 2005.
Data shows the 2010-2011 school years set record highs in several dubious categories, as assaults with serious injury and assaults involving a weapon more than doubled since 2009 and 2008, respectively.
Cases of bullying as well as drug and alcohol possession also jumped.
However, the number of students carrying weapons is on the decline.
New York City education officials attributed the jump in incidents largely to better reporting by schools rather than a spike in violence.