Comprehensive Gang Assessment - 2010
Student and School Data
- During the 2009-2010 school year, District-wide, there were 427 student suspensions. Of these, 160 (37%) were for offenses related to alcohol, drugs, and/or violence.
- The 2009 California Healthy Kids Survey administered by Fort Bragg Unified School District (FBUSD) shows that self-reported alcohol, tobacco and drug use for 7th graders at 43% was more than twice the state rate. The same report shows that across all three surveyed grade levels (7th, 9th and 11th grades), alcohol, tobacco and drug use and level of involvement was significantly higher for Fort Bragg students than both state and national averages.
- School administrators expressed concern that the Fort Bragg youth identified as most at risk of gang involvement are those who lack connection to school and have had poor school performance.
- Among students attending Fort Bragg’s non-traditional schools, 38% report that they are gang members.
- Students in Fort Bragg’s alternative middle school, Shelter Cove, are disproportionately more likely than the general school population to ‘hang out with’ or date gang members or to be ‘jumped in’ to a gang.
- A 2010 survey completed by Fort Bragg 5th graders participating in the Gang Resistance is Paramount (GRIP) curriculum found that 71% of these students have witnessed gang activities in their own neighborhood or town.