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NCJ Number: 183593 Find in a Library
Title: Six Months After Littleton, Teens Feel More Secure
Journal: YOUTHviews  Volume:7  Issue:6  Dated:February 2000  Pages:1-1
Author(s): George Gallup; Alec Gallup
Date Published: February 2000
Page Count: 1
Type: Statistics
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines teens’ perceptions of school safety.
Abstract: Teen perceptions of overall school safety, as well as of safety-related problems, have stabilized in the months since the shootings at Columbine High School. Sixteen percent of teens recently reported feeling fearful about physical safety at school. In a survey conducted January through April 1999, just before the Littleton shootings, a similar proportion of teens (15 percent) reported feeling fearful about safety at school. Both figures reverse an earlier trend toward rising fears about school safety. Thirty-eight percent of teens now consider vandalism and destruction of personal or school property to be a “very big” or “fairly big” problem, compared with 44 percent in the spring survey. Seventeen percent of teens regard students bringing weapons such as guns or knives to school as a “very big” or “fairly big” problem. Eight percent regard as “very big” or “fairly big” the problem of students attacking teachers. Fifty-two percent say fighting between students is a “very big” or “fairly big” problem. Table
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Attitude measurement; Crimes against teachers; Fear of crime; School security; Schools; Statistics; Surveys; Violence
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