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Publication Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2014

Rachel E. Morgan, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics, Lauren Musu-Gillette, National Center for Education Statistics, Simone Robers, American Institutes for Research, Anlan Zhang, American Institutes for Research

July 9, 2015    NCJ 248036

Presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals. This annual report, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), provides the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools. This report contains 23 indicators of crime at school from a number of sources, including the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), the School Crime Supplement to the NCVS, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety, and the School and Staffing Survey. Topics covered include victimization at school, teacher injury, bullying and cyber-bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and crime at postsecondary institutions.

Highlights:

  • In 2013, students ages 1218 experienced about 1,420,900 nonfatal victimizations at school, including 454,900 theft victimizations and 966,000 violent victimizations.
  • Two percent of students reported theft, 1% reported violent victimization, and less than 0.5% reported serious violent victimization (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault).
  • In 2013, students ages 1218 experienced higher rates of nonfatal victimizations at school than away from school.
  • In 2013, about 22% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied at school and 7% reported being cyber-bullied during the school year.
  • Fifteen homicides of school-age youth (ages 518) occurred at school during the 201011 school year (most recent data).
  • Nearly all students ages 1218 observed at least one security measure at their school in 2013.
  • In 2013, 3% of students ages 1218 reported that they were afraid of being attacked or harmed at school or on the way to and from school.

Part of the Indicators of School Crime and Safety Series

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