School Crime & Safety 2009

The twelfth annual edition of Indicators of School Crime and Safety has been published jointly by elements of the Department of Education and the Department of Justice. This extensive 176-page report “covers topics such as victimization, teacher injury, bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, and student perceptions of personal safety at school. Indicators of crime and safety are compared across different population subgroups and over time. Data on crimes that occur away from school are offered as a point of comparison where available.”

Among the key findings of the report is that “preliminary data show that among youth ages 5–18, there were 43 school-associated violent deaths from July 1, 2007, through June 30, 2008. In 2007, among students ages 12–18, there were about 1.5 million victims of nonfatal crimes at school, including 826,800 thefts and 684,100 violent crimes (simple assault and serious violent crime). During the 2007–08 school year, 85 percent of public schools recorded that at least one violent crime, theft, or other crime occurred at their school.”

Published in: on December 14, 2009 at 4:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

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