Statistics tell part of the story

The following are highlights of student suspension statistics presented to the Howard County Board of Education earlier this month:

* The total number of suspensions at all grade levels decreased slightly to 1,049 students in the 1992-93 school year, down from 1,056 in the 1991-92 school year.


* Forty-six elementary school students were suspended in the 1992-93 school year. That compares with 66 elementary school students who were suspended the previous school year.

* Middle school suspensions rose to 427 students last year, up from 359 the previous school year.


* High school suspensions dropped to 576 students last year, down from 631 the previous year.

* Suspensions in the 1992-93 school year occurred in 12 of the 30 elementary schools, compared with 17 of 29 schools in the 1991-92 school year.

* Elementary school students were involved in 58 incidents that resulted in suspensions last school year. Of those, 12 occurred at Guilford Elementary, up from three the previous year, and 11 at Talbott Springs Elementary, where one student was suspended five times.

Guilford has the second-highest black enrollment in the county, 31 percent, and Talbott Springs has the highest, nearly 40 percent.

* Nine elementary schools reported no suspensions last school year: Atholton, Bollman Bridge, Bushy Park, Clemens Crossing, Hammond, Laurel Woods, Longfellow, Pointers Run, Steven's Forest and Swansfield.