Some Colorado schools report no violence unless a student suffers “severe bodily harm.” Students may be burned, beaten, stabbed and slashed, but their schools report zero assaults, the Denver Post reports.
Some schools report every punch thrown on the playground. Others did not include assaults that police classified as felonies.
Last school year, for example, Jefferson County schools reported 644 assaults or fights. The Aurora and Cherry Creek school districts each reported one.
A boy who needed staples to close head wounds. A girl taken to a hospital with bruised kidneys. A sexual assault. A knifing. Attacks with a flagpole and a baseball bat. These were some of the incidents police investigated in Denver, Cherry Creek or Aurora schools that reported no assaults or fights last year.
The story suggests that some schools that report many assaults simply set higher standards for student behavior; playground scuffles are reported as unacceptable violence.