It’s been only one month because the metropolis’s first classroom killing in 25 years — however the Division of Schooling is insisting that faculties are getting safer.
Regardless of instructor and scholar surveys signaling rampant violence, DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña stated that faculty local weather was enhancing Monday and pointed to drops in suspensions and arrests.
NYPD knowledge present suspensions dropped by 6.four % from 37,647 in 2016 to 35,234 final yr.
Faculty-associated arrests fell from 1,347 in 2016 to 1,240 and summonses dipped from 931 to 833.
At a Metropolis Council listening to on bullying, Fariña attributed the dips to and an improved local weather.
Faculty safety has been beneath scrutiny because the slaying of a scholar at City Meeting for Wildlife Conservation final month.
Fariña additionally introduced an $eight million anti-bullying initiative to offer further coaching and simpler methods to report harassment.