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|
|4/12/2010||10049568||3D||Benjamin Banneker High School||Felony Threats|
|Weapons: None Specified Property: None Specified||Description: C-1 reports at the listed date and time S-1 approached him while inside of the listed locations lunchroom and stated " I had a dream last night that I stole you and you fell and then I stomped you out and the girls were beside you said stop you're gonna kill him and i said so i don't care."C-1 then stated "Why are you telling me this go ahead and get away from me." S-1 then left the lunchroom without incident. The occurrence was reported to MPD Brooks #5225 by C-1's parent [NAME REDACTED BY TBD]. C-1 and S-1 are school acquaintances that had a verbal altercation stemming from a lost ipod belonging to complainant, last summer and have not been able to maintain their friendship since incident. S-1 also stated in font of Sgt. Joseph Perren M.P.D. that he said he was going to kill C-1 in his dream. Permanent link|