Drug offenses have dropped for the third straight year in Kentucky’s public schools, while threats, fighting and profanity have remained relatively stable, the Kentucky Center for School Safety reports. State safety officials said they are encouraged by data that show a drop during the past five years in serious crimes, such aggravated assault, robbery and arson, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Almost 8 percent of the state’s 633,241 students — more than 48,000 — committed offenses that resulted in suspension, corporal punishment or expulsion, according to the report. But suspensions and expulsions dropped from 88,378 in the 2004-05 school year to 85,410 last year. The report is based on discipline data for the 2005-06 school year.