Statistics on 'Serious' Incidents at Ridgefield Schools

Statistics from the state Department of Education suggest schools in Connecticut have gotten safer since 2005.

As local, state and federal officials deliberate what's needed to make schools safer following last month's massacre in Newtown, statistics from the Connecticut Department of Education show a decline in "serious" incidents taking place on school grounds over a five-year period.

The number of what the department termed "serious" incidents — involving weapons, violence, threatening behavior and other categories — decreased from 50,347 in school year 2005-06 to 43,236 in school year 2010-11, the most recent year for which data is available, the CT Mirror reports.

The decrease represents a 14 percent drop.

Citing the state's figures, the Mirror reported that during the 2010-11 school year there were:

  • 14,049 fighting/battery incidents at Connecticut district schools
  • 13,886 physical/verbal confrontation/conduct unbecoming incidents
  • 1,203 incidents involving a weapon

In Ridgefield schools during that same year, according to the state, there were:

  • 3 incidents involving a weapon
  • 6 violent crimes against persons
  • 2 incidents involving sexually-related behavior
  • 33 incident of physical/verbal confrontation/conduct unbecoming
  • 17 incidents of personally threatening behavior
  • 23 incidents involving fighting/battery

A PDF of the state's statistics is included in the photo gallery that accompanies this article.

Lisa Buchman January 30, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Do these statistics surprise anyone? Sound about right?
Observer January 30, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Diving a little deeper into the details, here's the breakdown of the total number of bad behavior incidents at each school district in our DRG: Ridgefield 84 Westport 72 Redding/Easton 41 Wilton 36 Darien 23 New Canaan 19 Weston 11 Ridgefield has more of these bad behavior incidents than any other town. In fact, we are more than twice the average. Why is this true? Is this something the BOE should look at? I don't want to be known as the town with the most behavior problems in our DRG.
COSMO P January 31, 2013 at 01:28 AM
Fascinating at best
RDesmond January 31, 2013 at 03:07 PM
We shouldn't be the worst behaved school district while also allowing open campus.
COSMO P January 31, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Well you get the government you vote for. And it appears either the school or better yet the parents are to blame. No other answer on this one. Basically the school board does not care and with the high priced administrators we have you are 100% correct in your post


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