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Survey results mixed on safety in school

June 20, 2012
By ANDREW POTTER - Staff Writer ( , Times-Republican

Survey results on school safety from students in the Marshalltown Community School District brought a mixed bag.

The students took the survey last November and, it included 363 sixth graders, 340 eighth graders and 275 11th graders.

While overall the students feel their school is a supporting and inviting place, a closer look at some of the other numbers are reason for concern, said Matt Tullis, equity director with the district.

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A total of 89 percent of those students surveyed feel their school is a supportive and inviting place for students to learn. A total of 82 percent of the students feel their school is a safe place for students.

On the flip side, 21 percent of those surveyed say they have been involved in a physical fight one more times in the past 12 months on school property.

"That's too high for our liking," Tullis said. "We can't live with that."

Also, too high for the district's liking is the fact 9 percent say they have been threatened or injured by someone with a weapon (like a gun, knife or club) on school property.

"We take a look at some of those numbers very seriously," Tullis said.

Tullis is encouraged by the new community effort to help eliminate bullying as efforts will be put into action this fall with speakers, meetings and other community events being planned. Many groups and businesses are donating to the effort.

"There is a lot of support in the community," Tullis said.



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