Crime in D.C. schools
Last April, TBD reporter Sarah Larimer filed a Freedom of Information Act request to D.C. police for all records of incident reports at public and private schools in the District going back to 2009. This past August, after Larimer took a job at Grantland.com, the documents started to roll in. The police sent TBD a document listing every incident (PDF) as well as hundreds of individual incident reports. They’re presented here with all original spelling intact and only the names of suspects and victims redacted in the rare cases that they’ve been left in. Some of the reports are heartbreaking, some are bizarre, and more than you’d think involve weaponized tape dispensers. There are lots of banal incidents, and a couple that should probably be feature stories (like this one). You can download the original spreadsheet we made here or sort these data yourself in the table below.
–Data wrangling by Andrew Beaujon, Caroline Smith, and Ryan O'Malley.
|Event Date sort||Complaint No. sort||Police District sort||School sort||Event Type sort|
|1/7/2010||10002845||4D||Mamie D. Lee School||ADW Other|
|Weapons: Other48 - Other Property: Other Office Equipment - TAPE DISPENSER||Description: W-1 AND W-2 REPORT THEY OBSERVED C-1 SITTING ON THE FLOOR IN THE CLASSROOM. S-1 THEN WALKED UP TO C-1 AND BEGAN KICKING C-1 IN THE RIBS. S01 THEN LEFT THE CLASSROOM. S-1 THEN RETURNED TO CLASSROOM AND ATTEMPTED TO WALK TOWARDS C-1 BUT WAS STOPPED BY W-1. S-1 THEN PUSHED W-1 AND PICKED UP THE LISTED OBJECT WITH HIS HANDS. W-1 ADVISED S-1 TO PUT THE TAPE DISPENSER DOWN. S-1 RESPONED TO W-1 "GET OUT OF MY WAY OR I'LL HIT YOU WITH IT." W-1 REFUSED TO MOVE OUT OF THE WAY BETWEEN S-1 AND C-1. S-1 THEN REACHED AROUND W-1 AND THREW THE TAPE DISPENSER AT C-1 STRIKING HIM IN THE FACE. S-1 THEN FLED FROM THE SCHOOL IN A UNKNOWN DIRECTION. C-1 WAS TAKEN TO THE BURSE'S OFFICE OF THE SCHOOL AND TREATED FOR HIS INJURIES. 4D08 DETECTIVE CARTER WAS NOTIFIED AND RESPONDED TO THE SCENE. CSSO 9240 LYONS RESPONEDED TO THE SCENE AND TOOK PHOTOS OF C-1. CIC OFFICER BRAXTON WAS NOTIFIED AT 1530 HRS. Permanent link|