Arrest numbers drop at John Hopkins Middle
It's becoming a ritual. Another month, another arrest report. Here's the latest data from the St. Petersburg Police Department about arrests in St. Pete schools.
What jumps out the most: The number of monthly arrests at John Hopkins Middle has fallen. A lot. Only three "physical arrests" for April, down from 11 in March, 19 in February and 22 in January.
At the same time, the number of referrals/paper investigations is rising, from four through the end of February -- when the St. Petersburg Times began writing about the issues at Hopkins -- to five in March and 10 in April. Those are cases that are referred to the state attorney's office, which will decide whether to prosecute.
We're not sure whether fewer arrests are due to a new approach, or to the removal of some chronically disruptive students (the district says it can't tell us how many have been removed, for fear that it might inadvertently identify some kids in violation of student privacy laws), or both. We've left some messages. If we hear anything interesting, we'll let you know.