NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has compiled a school crime report that shows the most frequently reported offense was simple assault and the weapon in most of those cases were hands, feet and teeth.
Compiled from reports by local police agencies during 2006-2008, the study released Thursday focused on public and private school systems, but excluded colleges, universities and technical schools. The study showed one death at a school and found only 0.4 percent of the crimes involved a firearm.
The figures showed more than 1,800 thefts from school buildings were recorded each year.
Drug violations reached more than 1,300 and vandalism was well over 1,200 each year.
The TBI compilation showed 2 percent of the total crimes across the state - about 12,000 incidents each year - are committed at schools.