A Perspective On School Violence

    • Despite shocking tragedies like Columbine and Red Lake, and persistent media attention, the rate of homicides in schools has been dropping since 1993.
    • From 1995 to 2003, the number of students who reported being victims of crime at school declined from 10 percent to 5 percent.
    • The percentage of students who report feeling afraid at school steadily declined from 1995 to 2001, and has held steady since 2001.
    • The number of students who reported carrying a weapon to school has steadily declined since 1993.
    • Students are less at-risk for serious violent crime in school than they are out of school
    • From 1992 to 2000, 234 kids were victims of homicides in schools across the country. By contrast, 24,406 were homicide victims in places other than school, meaning it is over 100 times more likely that a child will be a victim of homicide outside of school than in it.
    • Bullying is a persistent problem around the country, and is one form of violence that has seen an increase in recent years.

    Sources: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics,National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS). School Crime and Safety,2003. National Center for Education Statistics. National Center ofVital Statistics, 1997.