Team 10 uncovers weapons seized at San Diego schools

Numbers obtained from 4 local school districts

SAN DIEGO - Team 10 requested the most recent number of weapons seized at San Diego Unified School District, Poway Unified School District, Sweetwater Union High School District and Grossmost Union High School District schools.

The most comprehensive numbers came from the San Diego Unified School District, a district with 131,560 students.

Crime statistics show there were two firearms found during the 2010-2011 San Diego Unified school year. Additionally, 83 knives were seized, 65 "other weapons" found and five destructive or explosive devices taken. There were also 12 assaults with a deadly weapon.

"Wow, that's dangerous," said parent Anie Zuniga.

Zuniga's son is a sophomore at Crawford High School, which is part of San Diego Unified School District.

In 2010, a female student at Crawford High was stabbed in the neck by another student.

Team 10 asked Zuniga what concerned her the most about the statistics, and she replied, "The assaults; it was what, 12, with a deadly weapon, and of course the guns."

So far this school year in the Grossmost Union High School District (which has 20,000 students), 12 knives have been confiscated.

Last school year, 25 knives and four imitation firearms were brought to schools in the district.

Reports from Sweetwater Union High School District (40,000 students) show two weapons brandished, one BB gun taken, three knives, one "other" weapon and four explosives were confiscated last year.

This year in the Poway Unified School District, they reported four knives, one BB gun and one shank confiscated by officials.

Poway school officials told Team 10 that last year, 17 knives were confiscated from students.

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