Georgia students bring guns and other weapons to school. There have been thousands cases of robbery, physical assaults and drug- and sex-related offenses on public school campuses.
But for the past three years no Georgia public school has declared as unsafe under the federal No Child Left Behind law.
The law allows each state to determine what makes a school “persistently dangerous.” Students attending these schools are allowed to transfer to another school. Less than 50 schools nationwide have been listed as persistently dangerous.
For a Georgia school to be persistently dangerous it must meet specific criteria for three consecutive years. This includes at least one or more students committing a violent crime – such as rape, murder or aggravated sexual battery – on campus or at a school-sanctioned event.
Some parents say only using extremely violent incidents hides the unsafe environment that can exist at many schools. They worry about daily fights, drugs on campus and threats from bullies. They say these incidents should included in determining whether a school is safe.
Safety is a relative term. How should we determine if a school is dangerous?