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Student crime on the increase

Date Posted: 2006-08-25

Two dozen school students have been arrested on a variety of criminal charges, and police say they’re worried about the trend.

A new report by the Okinawa Prefecture Police reveals a series of scandals involving students at a number of schools. Officials say the crime rate has tripled over 2004.

The most frequent incidents involve students arrested for fighting with each other and causing injuries, followed by property damage violence. Police say theft runs a close third, while breaking and entering incidents are also a problem.

Juvenile mischief has been a problem in some schools, with youngsters marking or breaking classroom walls. In one case, said a school official, a student ran away from a teacher to the gymnasium roof, where he began kicking the wall. Police were called, because teachers “were afraid the student might fall from the roof.”

Teachers and school administrators say the rising crime rate is stressful to them, and too much for schools to handle. They say students are refusing to listen to teachers, and cite teens’ problems as being at the cause of misbehavior.

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