Civil rights special interest groups and the Obama Administration claim police and school officials are creating a “school-to-prison-pipeline” where students are being needlessly arrested. But one recent report, using Education and Justice Department data, suggests schools are actually covering up violent crimes from the police.
“The Department of Education and the Department of Justice say that 1,183,700 violent crimes were committed at American public schools during the 2009-2010 school year, but that only 303,900 of these violent crimes were reported to the police,” according to an April 23rd cnsnews.com story.
The story notes that by the government’s own estimates, more than 879,000 violent crimes in the 2009-2010 school year were not reported to police.
For two decades, I have been outspoken about the underreporting of school crimes. I testified to Congress on the issue in 2007 and again in 2009. I wrote an entire chapter on the topic of the “politicks” of school safety and underreporting in my newest book.
Critics and those in our profession who talk out of both sides of their mouths for years have suggested that talking about the underreporting of school crime is “alarmist” and that violent school crime is actually going down. While it is nice to see that some of them are changing their tunes (at least for today), the reality is this particular news story accentuates an old problem rather than discovering something groundbreaking.
But the interesting thing will be to see how the civil rights special interests, along with the Obama Administration officials who have distorted and skewed school safety policy and funding, try to reconcile the discrepancy of the higher number of overall violent crime versus the much smaller number of those violent crimes reported to police.
Even more interesting will be to watch how they will attempt to explain how so many violent school crimes go unreported to police yet, according to their rhetoric, there are more students being funneled into the “school-to-prison-pipeline” they have fabricated. If anything, the data presented in this news story suggests schools are covering up violence from the police — the exact opposite of what the civil rights activists, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Justice all falsely claim is occurring.
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