Police at School

Among society's universal truths is that kids will get into trouble. Whether that's staying out past curfew or more serious offenses like experimenting with illicit drug use, adults spend a great effort trying to keep their community's youth in line. Try as they might, there are limitations to how much supervision there can be over adolescents.

Inevitably, immature mischief crosses a line into illegal territory, leading into brushes with law enforcement for teenage (or sometimes younger) offenders. StartClass, an education data site by Graphiq, used the most recent Civil Rights Data Collection information from the Department of Education to rank the states (plus Washington, D.C.) based on the rate of school-related arrests among students enrolled in public schools.

Per the CRDC, a school-related arrest refers to an arrest of a student for any activity conducted on school grounds, during off-campus school activities (including while taking school transportation) or due to a referral by any school official. Students from all grade levels (K-12) were included, and states are ranked by the number of students arrested per 10,000 students enrolled.

The data reflects arrests made during the 2013-14 school year (the most recent available). Nine states reported more than 25 school-related arrests per 10,000 enrolled students that year, including one state that averaged over 70 arrests per 10,000 students.

Note: Figures from each school are averaged to come up with an overall state-wide rate. In the event of ties, the state with the higher number of students arrested across all school types ranked higher.

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