Texas Schools Report Fewer Weapons Incidents

DALLAS (February 25, 2013)--The number of reported weapons incidents in Texas schools has fallen 35 percent over the last six years, which education officials attribute to better safety measures.

The Dallas Morning News reported that school districts reported 798 weapons incidents to the state during the 2011-12 year compared to 1,219 in the 2005-2006 school year.

School districts are required to report any time a student was removed from the classroom for at least one day because of a weapons incident.

There was a slight decrease from last year to this year, although firearm incidents increased from 113 to 123.

Texas Education Agency spokeswoman Debbie Ratcliffe said districts have more metal detectors, armed security and improved safety measures overall.

Dallas schools deputy police chief Gary Hodges says students are also more observant of classmates.

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