Teachers have long highlighted a deterioration in behaviour within schools.
They complain about being verbally and physically abused in the classroom by pupils who appear to have a growing disrespect for authority.
And it is not just the pupils. Teachers also say they are increasingly having to deal with violent and abusive parents who are much more likely to challenge them outside the school gates.
Figures from LEAs in the region two years ago showed attacks by pupils and parents had doubled - and in some cases trebled - in the last decade.
Today's figures from West Midlands Police further confirm anecdotal evidence that violence and criminal acts are a fact of life in today's schools.
The sheer volume of emergency calls made by schools - 13,602 across the region in a year - is worrying. But police stressed that not every call made from a school related to an incident on its premises.
"Every time someone rings the police an incident log is created. It can be someone ringing from a school to report someone they have seen up the road," said a spokeswoman.
"It may be a pupil was assaulted on the way to school and they have told the teacher."
But as the force admits, it would be fair to assume most incidents took place within a school or at least related to pupils at the school.
Ridgewood High School in Stourbridge, which comes under Dudley Council, made the most 999 calls between April 2004 and March 2005. There were 74, according to West Midlands Police.
Of these, a relatively low 26 went on to be investigated as a crime.
The school that made the next most calls was Alumwell Comprehensive in Walsall.
It made 70 emergency calls, of which 30 were recorded as crimes by police.
Hodge Hill Secondary School was the third worst, logging 53 calls to police.
Of these, 33 turned out to be crimes - the highest number in the region.
Les Lawrence (Con Northfield), Birmingham's cabinet member for education, said it was important to identify what crimes were actually being committed.
"The figures need to be broken down to those that relate to property," he said.
"A huge number of schools have been subject to break-ins where property has been taken or damaged with graffiti."
Increased security is a relatively simple way of addressing this problem.
However, Coun Lawrence added: "There is a growing number of incidents related to violent behaviour, either towards a teacher by a pupil or another pupil inside or outside the school.
"Equally parents can be confrontational in what they do and say.
"That is much more difficult to address.
" I need to investigate whether the numbers involved in these incidents are increasing or whether there is a hardcore that is involved in the majority of these incidents."
The National Union of Teachers said the police figures backed up what teachers had been saying for a long time.
"We do get a high number of thefts from schools because of the way people can get into a school with all the entrances," said Brian Carter, regional secretary of the NUT.
"We have had cases of teachers personal effects being stolen.
"But in the majority of cases it is the threat of assault, of which we are getting an increasing trend. It is quite clear now.
"Either pupils or parents are increasingly offensive verbally or physically."
Coun Jon Hunt (Lib Dem Perry Barr), chairman of Birmingham's education scrutiny committee, hopes its report on anti-social behaviour and bullying in schools, due in the next few months, will identify the extent of the problem.
He maintained teachers faced increasing challenges knowing when to call police.
"It is particularly hard when you have issues around bullying and use of mobile phones, which are a big problem for police because they are a soft target for robbery," he said.
Councillor Hunt said schemes where police are attached to schools, which are already operating in some parts of the city, may need to be extended.