“That’s not by happenstance,” she told the group.
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Gwinnett administrators started a mentoring program several years ago, primarily for troubled African-American students, to steer they away from trouble. The district has gotten involved in a behavioral program used by most large school districts nationwide to employ strategies to reduce disruptive behavior and school violence.
The number of disciplinary hearings rose in Gwinnett from 1,289 during the 2014-15 school year to 1,588 during the 2015-16 school year, according to school district data. Gwinnett also had a slight increase in out-of-school suspensions, from 16,730 to 16,869.
Bullying did decrease during the same time period from 303 alleged incidents during the 2014-15 school year to 276 during the 2015-16 school year. There’s also been a decline in gang activity since the 2013-14 school year.