San Lorenzo Express News


San Lorenzo Schools Have Highest Drug and Weapons Rates in County


JULY 10, 2002
SAN LORENZO

San Lorenzo schools had the most drug and weapon offenses of any schools in Alameda County, including the troubled Oakland schools, during the school year 2000-01. The numbers were reported by the California Department of Education in its annual Safe Schools Assessment report. Annual statistics have been collected since 1995.

The definition of a weapon, according to Anthony Madrigal of the San Lorenzo School District, includes any object used in an assault on another person. Thus, a pencil would be regarded as a "weapon" if used to harm another person.

Four full-time and one part-time "school resource officers" are assigned to San Lorenzo schools by the county sheriff's and San Leandro Police departments.

The numbers in the tables below are annual rates for an entire school district, not averages for individual schools. Thus, the crime rates at individual schools may vary considerably. At the same time, certain crimes, e.g., drug possession, are more likely to occur among older students, yet the crime rates are expressed over all students in the school district. The San Lorenzo Unified School District includes nine elementary schools, three middle schools, three high schools (one a small "continuation" school), and an adult learning center.


Crime rates per 1,000 students for school year 2000-01 in San Lorenzo (SLz), San Leandro (SLo), Castro Valley, and Hayward schools. (Bold numbers are highest rates, italic number the lowest.)

SLzSLoCVHay

Drug/alcohol offenses8.764.328.395.20
Battery3.732.761.634.58
Assault with deadly weapon0.260.720.000.70
Robbery, extortion0.090.120.000.95
Sex offenses0.350.600.501.16
Possession of weapon2.431.561.000.95
Property crimes2.782.162.8810.16


Crime rates per 1,000 students for six school years (1995 - 2001) in San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Castro Valley, Hayward, and Oakland school districts.

Drug
Alcohol
Offenses


Battery
Assault
w/Deadly
Weapon

Robbery
Extortion

Sex
Offenses

Possess
Weapon

Property
Crimes

San Lorenzo USD
1995-969.4313.590.510.410.003.856.59
1996-979.6811.500.380.380.193.355.65
1997-987.955.090.280.090.091.943.42
1998-997.795.340.360.180.093.261.99
1999-006.464.960.440.270.002.831.86
2000-018.763.730.260.090.352.432.78
San Leandro USD
1995-965.9410.370.970.000.281.942.77
1996-976.6111.191.890.810.130.133.51
1997-984.954.691.820.130.133.385.08
1998-995.113.870.250.120.002.373.49
1999-009.444.720.850.240.732.782.42
2000-014.322.760.720.120.601.562.16
Castro Valley USD
1995-967.874.440.290.000.140.864.72
1996-975.096.750.550.000.140.835.78
1997-987.966.520.780.000.521.0414.61
1998-998.054.600.130.130.002.433.07
1999-005.991.780.000.130.131.782.80
2000-018.391.630.000.000.501.002.88
Hayward USD
1995-964.299.070.880.730.392.0012.29
1996-974.438.392.210.550.001.7511.48
1997-985.087.721.120.450.131.716.02
1998-995.234.921.170.560.221.252.16
1999-004.754.540.590.670.501.438.04
2000-015.204.580.700.951.160.9510.16
Oakland USD
1995-960.131.770.190.320.100.802.54
1996-971.223.390.791.650.261.684.55
1997-981.194.700.821.420.902.506.93
1998-991.205.120.791.090.612.216.54
1999-001.385.250.891.420.711.297.54
2000-011.7110.751.080.490.821.623.85