The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual study dedicated to crime in Tennessee schools on Thursday.
The study found that the reported number of crimes that occurred at schools across the state decreased by 12% from 2011 to 2012 with 12,477 offenses reported in 2011 to 10,980 offenses reported in 2012.
Of the reported incidents, crimes against another person made up nearly 50% of the offenses, while simple assault made up 36% of the offenses with 3,956 incidents.
The study also found that more crimes occurred on Thursday than any other day of the week and that the month of February had the highest frequency of school crime.
Authorities said the study helps schools, policy makers, law enforcement and the public learn how to better combat crime that occurs in schools.
Click here to view the School Crimes Report in its entirety.