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More than 100 weapons found in Spokane schools in 2014, report shows

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The district met with the Spokane Educators Association to look at ways to stop kids from acting up in the classroom. The district met with the Spokane Educators Association to look at ways to stop kids from acting up in the classroom.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

We think of our schools for the most part as safe havens for our kids, but that may not be the case.

A Washington report shows four guns, 63 knives, and 34 other weapons were taken from students in Spokane schools in 2014.

Since 2012, more than 300 students have been suspended or expelled for carrying some sort of weapon at school. More than 6,000 students were suspended or expelled for fighting, violent, or disruptive behavior, which is the most of any school district in the state.

In a report titled Healthy Youth Survey 2014, 36 percent of seniors admitted to drinking, 25 percent said they smoked pot.

Thirty-one percent of Spokane 6th and 8th graders said they were bullied. Twenty-five percent of Spokane 10th graders also said they experienced some form of bullying.

But these numbers, while cause for concern, are a small snap shot of a much larger issue.

The Spokane Public School District says mental health, trauma, and poverty related issues are driving bad behavior in the classroom, which is worse than ever according to the district.

Spokane schools have the most special needs students in the state, and the most students on free or reduced lunch programs.

During Wednesday’s school board meeting, the district is meeting with the Spokane Educators Association to look at ways to stop kids from acting up in the classroom.

The district has already increased the number of mental health counselors from 17 to more than 50 in the last few years. They also plan to hire more assistant principals and behavioral additional support in behavioral intervention.

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