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|
|3/11/2010||10030696||4D||Raymond Elementary School||UCSA poss Marijuana|
|Weapons: None Specified Property: Drugs - 1 torn newspapercontaining green leaf substance and brown wet cigarette||Description: On the listed date and time MPD Officers were walking on foot in the rear of Raymond Elementry when officers observed S-1 sitting on the step making a hand gesture towards the ground. Officers went to make a contact with S-1 when Officer Stokes noticed between S-1 legs was a brown wet cigarette with green leaf resideu inside and a torn newspaper with more green leaf substance inside of it. S-1 was then detain and the greenleaf substance was field tested and had a positive color reaction to THC the ingrediant associated with marijuana. S-1 was then arrested and transported to 4D for processing. Permanent link|