Violence in Tacoma schools often goes unreported, concludes an investigation by KIRO.
Unprovoked attacks, sexual assaults and fistfights between students are all vastly under-reported, kept secret from police and from parents.
. . . In the past two years alone, at least 873 Tacoma high school students were disciplined for assaulting, raping, beating, stabbing or robbing each other on classroom property.
Statistics on suspensions and expulsions for violence “are not shared with anyone, not parents, not school board members, not the state superintendent.”
If all this violence data makes anything clear, it’s this: When a teenager assaults another inside these halls, the punishment is typically a short-term suspension. If the same act of violence occurred off school property, the punishment would likely be jail.
The state superintendent tracks the number of weapons found in schools, but doesn’t keep track of violence.