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Less crime and violence in New Hanover County schools

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Crime and violence incidents inside NHC Schools are decreasing. Crime and violence incidents inside NHC Schools are decreasing.

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Gang activity and violence has been a major concern in New Hanover County, but a new report shows that the crime is not making its way the schools.

The numbers for school crime and violence show that New Hanover County had 150 incidents during the 2012-2013 school year.

That number continues to decrease and majority of those crimes were incidents involving students with drugs or weapons according to the report.

Although more violence seems to happen around certain high schools, the amount of crime and violence happening inside is about the same.

New Hanover High School had 30 reportable acts of school crime and violence, but Ashley was not too far behind with 27.

Laney had 21 and Hoggard had 17 reportable acts of school crime and violence.

New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley said he's not okay with the numbers.

"We're happy with the trend, where it's going, but we think it can get better," Markley said.

The positive downward trend in reported acts of crime and violence has continued since 2009-2010; a year that 190 incidents were reported.

"We are pleased that our efforts to keep students safe and in school seem to be paying off," said Markley. "Our goal is to continue to have the safest schools possible. Such efforts as increasing the number of Student Resource Officers and installing panic alarms at the schools will help us keep moving toward this goal."

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