skip navigation

Justinfo Subscribe to Stay Informed

Add your conference to our Justice Events calendar


NCJRS Abstract


Subscribe to Stay Informed
Want to be in the know? JUSTINFO is a biweekly e-newsletter containing information about new publications, events, training, funding opportunities, and Web-based resources available from the NCJRS Federal sponsors. Sign up to get JUSTINFO in your inbox.

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Library collection.
To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the NCJRS Abstracts Database.

How to Obtain Documents
NCJ Number: NCJ 130997     Find in a Library
Title: Schools Caught in the Crossfire
Author(s): J R Lane
  Journal: School Safety  Dated:(Spring 1991)  Pages:31
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 1
  Annotation: This article reports on the results of a study of gun violence in the Nation's schools ("Caught in the Crossfire: A Report on Gun Violence in Our Nation's Schools"), conducted by the Center to Prevent Handgun Violence.
Abstract: The study focused on the increasing gun violence that is occurring in and around public and private schools since September 1986. Information for the report was abstracted from more than 2,500 school violence-related news stories recorded in newspapers across the Nation during the past 4 years. A total of 227 incidents were identified. The study found that in addition to the 71 people who have been killed with guns at school, another 201 were severely wounded; and 242 persons had been held hostage at gunpoint. Shootings or hostage situations in schools had occurred in at least 35 States and the District of Columbia. Males were most often the offenders as well as the victims. Teens from the ages of 14 to 17 were most at risk of gun violence at school, and such violence occurred most often in the hallways and classrooms. Gang or drug disputes were the leading cause of school gun violence. A handgun was most often the firearm used. One reason why gun violence is increasing in schools is the availability of guns to students. According to the 1987 National Adolescent Student Health Survey of 11,000 8th-grade and 10th-grade students, 40 percent of the males and almost 25 percent of the females reported that they could obtain a handgun.
Main Term(s): Homicide ; Crime in schools
Index Term(s): Handguns ; Violent juvenile offenders
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Survey
Country: United States of America
Language: English
  To cite this abstract, use the following link:

* A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's web site is provided.