How safe is your child's school? Trouble Shooters reveal crime reports


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    SAN ANTONIO - Gang violence. Sexual assault. Indecency with a child. Just some of the major crimes reported at San Antonio schools in the past year.

    Schools have to report all major incidents and crimes to the Texas Education Agency, but parents don't usually get to see them. They provide a snapshot of how safe your child's school is, and how well it responds to bullying and other violence.

    Cell phone captured a scene that's becoming more common: a fight between a group of students last month at Ed White Middle School. North East ISD disciplined one of the girls involved with 60 days in alternative school for assault.

    She says there’s more to the story. Her eighth grade daughter Beatrice Gomez has been an honor roll student, competitive mathlete and former Outstanding Student of the Year.

    Beatrice’s mother blames school officials for ignoring her complaints about other girls relentlessly bullying her daughter.

    "Though, yes, my daughter did assault another student and it looks like it was a mutual fight, it was something she felt she had to do at that moment," Gomez Hinojosa says.

    During the 2015 - 2016 school year there were thousands of incidents and crimes on Bexar County school campuses.

    John Jay High School reported the most, 2316. Followed by two other Northside ISD schools: Jones Middle School with 1812, and Ross Middle School with 1729 incidents.

    Lanier High School in SAISD with 1655 incidents and Kirby Middle School in Judson ISD with 1597 were also in the top five.

    Northside officials say their schools have higher totals because they have larger numbers of students.

    “With a district that has over 105,000 students there's always that high probability that you are going to see events happen on our campuses," says Northside ISD spokesman Barry Perez.

    Perez points out that not all the incidents are crimes, some are code of conduct violations, such as excessive tardies. But some schools had an alarming number of serious crimes.

    Northside had sexual assaults at two of its campuses, Stevens High School and Brennan High School.

    “Every high school has police officers stationed on their campuses. Middle schools have a campus police officer, and in our district, elementary schools are clustered so that one campus police officer is assigned to a cluster of schools," Perez added.

    South San High School had 26 assaults against students last year.

    That district sent us a statement that reads in part, “To address last year's unfortunate statistic, South San Antonio High School is being proactive and has realigned administrative roles to focus more on building more and stronger relationships with students... ...Our four campus police officers also do the same and are visible during lunch and passing periods and before and after school hours."

    Roosevelt High School in the North East ISD reported 8 assaults against staff members last year. However, the district says only three of those were against teachers, the other five involved campus police.

    “Our teachers and our staff members come to school every single day to help kids and we are simply not going to condone anything that can be interpreted as an assault against one of them," said North East ISD Executive Director of Communications Aubrey Chancellor.

    Since so many violent incidents, like the one Beatrice Gomez was involved in, are preceded by bullying or ongoing feuds, some districts told us they are using something called “restorative discipline” to spot potential conflicts early.

    “It really is an emphasis on being proactive. It really focuses on the relationships we develop on the campus level between our administrators, between our teachers our students and our parents," said Barry Perez.

    We obtained the incident data for every school in our area through an open records request from the Texas Education Agency.

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