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A glimpse of crime in local schools

by Ben Holder

This week brought the last day of school in Guilford County. While that may bring visions of students hugging friends and saying goodbye to teachers and staff, there is another side of our schools. Schools in Greensboro not only saw tests, dances, awards and football games. They also experienced rape, arson, drugs, assaults, fights and overdoses.A report obtained by YES! Weekly gives insights into criminal activity in our schools. The report shows how many times schools in Greensboro requested police service or called 911. The numbers are shocking. There were rapes reported at Mendenhall, Kiser, Allen, Smith, Aycock, Greensboro Middle College and Grimsley over the past school year. Kiser and Allen Middle School reports show two rapes were reported at each during the past school year.Over 100 assaults occurred at Greensboro schools and nearly 100 more fights took place as well. Some 267 larceny cases were reported along with nearly 40 “armed subject” instances and more than 60 narcotic reports.What is going on in our schools and how is all of this crime being kept quiet? Rapes in our middle schools? Overdoses at Grimsley? Violence and larceny seem to be common place as well. According to the report, the most criminally active school in Greensboro is Grimsley High School with 245 reports of the school requesting police assistance. Smith High School came in second with 239 requests for police service. Jackson Middle School had the highest number of crime among the middle schools with 162 reports of police activity.YES! Weekly is following this story and will continue to provide information regarding our schools. So far, none of the principals contacted have been available to give a comment. Look for more of this story to come on Friday.

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