Poll Finds Students’ School Safety Concerns Increasing

The poll was conducted through phone interviews with parents of K-12 students.

A new Gallup poll found that more students fear for their physical safety in schools today than they have at any point since 2001.

Overall, 13 percent of K-12 students in the country were reported to be concerned for their safety in schools.

The poll also measured parental safety concerns and found 28 percent of parents are concerned for their children’s safety in school. That figure has remained largely constant since 2009 outside of a brief spike after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

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In addition to safety concerns from 13 percent of students overall, 11 percent of public school students were reported to have expressed school safety fears to their parents. That’s almost double the percent of private school students who expressed fear (six percent).

The Gallup poll was conducted through telephone interviews Aug. 3-7 with 254 random parents, reports upi.com. The margin of sampling error is eight percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level.

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