New MCS campus crime stats reflect rise in reported offenses

By Jason Miles - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - We picked the brains of parents Friday about new statistics on campus crime as they picked up their children from school.

"That's a lot," said one parent of the statistics.

According to Memphis Police data released to Action News 5, overall crime reported on city school campuses is up some 30 percent.

There have been more than 1,200 incidents reported so far this school year compared to 949 during the same period last school year.

The number of sexual offenses reported to police may be the most disturbing.  It went from just 13 last year to 88 so far this year.

"I would not imagine that people are getting more deviant or anything," said parent Becky Ziemer.  "I have a feeling people are getting more honest," she added.

School employees have been more willing to report even the most insignificant of issues.  Parent Gary Bell said that's part of their job.

"That's what they supposed to do," said Bell.  "They supposed to report it every time," he added.

The district attorney's office charged two administrators at White Station High School last year for not reporting an assault that happened inside the school.

The principal of Wooddale Middle School was charged a month later for failing to report the attempted sexual assault of a 13 year-old.

"And we hope every administrator and teacher understands their obligations to report such incidents," said District Attorney Bill Gibbons during a news conference last October.

It appears as if school employees have gotten the message.

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