The school system in suburban Gwinnett County, Ga., now has reported 48,501 discipline incidents for the 2001-02 school year, a huge increase over the 4,258 accounts reported earlier.
An Atlanta Journal-Constitution and WSB-TV investigation had found that Gwinnett Schools had omitted reporting 24,568 serious infractions, including violations of state and federal law and weapons, drugs and sex offenses. School officials blamed coding problems or Gwinnett’s interpretation of reporting rules. For example, Gwinnett officials didn’t feel 40 instances of “lewd sexual exposure” fit the state’s “sex offense” category, so they weren’t reported. And knives with blades under 2 inches were not reported to the state as knives, but as other weapons even though the state did not set size requirements for knives.