The rate of crimes against people—including battery and sexual offenses—increased 17 percent last year in California schools, the Los Angeles Times reported March 1.

Rates of weapons possession, bombings, bomb threats, loitering, drug and alcohol sales, and burglary decreased. But rates of all other crimes either held steady or rose on campuses throughout the state, according to an annual school crime report released by the state Department of Education.

The rates of property crimes, such as vandalism and theft, as well as drug and alcohol offenses climbed slightly—due,

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