Guns in schools: Inconsistencies found in reporting

Oct 7, 2018 by

From 2001 to 2017, TBI data shows almost 1,700 Tennessee law enforcement reports involving guns or threats of guns at schools or colleges — nearly once every three days.

Ayrika L Whitney, The Tennessean –

Understanding the scope of the problem of guns in schools is made more difficult by inconsistent data collected by state and federal officials.

A combination of state and federal data shows hundreds of cases involving guns, children and schools in recent years.

There were 470 incidents involving a real gun reported in Tennessee schools from the 2011-12 school year to 2017-18, according to the Tennessee Department of Education. That’s about one real firearm — as opposed to a BB or toy gun — at a Tennessee school per week during that time period.

The department is required to track gun incidents at schools under a federal education law. That same law insists states report that data to federal education officials.

However, U.S. Department of Education statistics reported 46 more gun incidents than local officials from the 2011-12 school year through the 2015-16 school year.

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