U.S. Dept. of Ed Releases Latest Stats on School Crime
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012 provides the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools and school environments and responses to violence and crime at school. It also presents data on crime away from school to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society. The report covers topics such as victimization, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, students’ access to guns without adult permission, the presence of security staff at school, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and student perceptions of personal safety at school.
Key findings from this year’s report include:
- In 2011, students ages 12–18 were victims of about 1,246,000 nonfatal victimizations at school, including 648,600 thefts and 597,500 violent victimizations.
- In 2011, 10% of male students in grades 9–12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the past year, compared to 5% of female students.
- In 2011, about 28% of 12- to 18-year-old students reported having been bullied at school during the school year and 9% reported having been cyber-bullied.
- 77% of students reported observing the use of one or more security cameras at their schools in 2011, which represented an increase from 70% in 2009.
- In 2011, 5% of students in grades 9–12 reported having access to a gun without adult permission. A higher percentage of males reported having access to a gun without adult permission (6%) than females (4%).
- During the 2009–10 school year, 43% of schools reported the presence of one or more security staff at their school at least once a week during the school year.
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