As lawmakers deliberate what's needed to ensure safety at the nation's schools following last month's massacre in Newtown, statistics from the Connecticut Department of Education show a decline in "serious" incidents taking place on school grounds over a five-year period.
The number of what the department termed "serious" incidents -- involving weapons, violence, threatening behavior and other categories -- decreased from 50,347 in school year 2005-06 to 43,236 in school year 2010-11, the most recent year for which data is available, the CT Mirror reports.
The decrease represents a 14 percent drop.
Citing the state's figures, the Mirror reported that during the 2010-11 school year there were:
- 14,049 fighting/battery incidents at Connecticut district schools
- 13,886 physical/verbal confrontation/conduct unbecoming incidents
- 1,203 incidents involving a weapon
In Shelton during that same school year, according to the state, there were:
- 4 incidents involving a weapon
- 10 violent crimes against persons incidents
- 13 incidents involving sexually-related behavior
- 51 physical/verbal confrontation/conduct unbecoming incidents
- 46 incidents of personally threatening behavior
- 17 incidents involving fighting/battery
A PDF of the state's statistics is included in the photo gallery that accompanies this article.