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School Safety - Facts and Figures

This section provides the latest information and statistics.

In an attempt to shed light on crime in schools, colleges, and universities, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report, Crime in Schools and Colleges: A Study of Offenders and Arrestees Reported via National Incident-Based Reporting System Data, used crime data the FBI received from a limited set of law enforcement agencies through the Uniform Crime Reporting Program. This report provides an overview of crime in schools, arrests, offender characteristics, victim/offender relationships, offense characteristics, and other data and information available on the offenses.

The Bureau of Justice Statistics and U.S. Department of Education report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety, provides detailed statistical information to inform the nation on the current status of crime in schools. Information is gathered from an array of sources including:

  • National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS) (1992-2011)
  • School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (1995, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011)
  • School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS) (school years 1999-2000, 2003-2004, 2005-2006, 2007-2008, and 2009-2010)
  • Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) (1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011)

Highlights of Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012 include the following:

  • Of the 31 student, staff, and nonstudent school associated violent deaths occurring between July 1, 2010, and June 30, 2011, 25 were homicides and 6 were suicides. From July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011, there were 11 homicides and 3 suicides of school-age youth (ages 5–18) at school.
  • 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. This was more than the number of nonfatal victimizations that occurred at school in 2010.
  • During the 2009–10 school year, 85% of public schools recorded that one or more crime incidents had taken place at school, amounting to an estimated 1.9 million crimes. This translates to a rate of 40 crimes per 1,000 public school students enrolled in 2009–10.
  • During the same year, 60% of public schools reported a crime incident that occurred at school to the police, amounting to 689,000 crimes—or 15 crimes per 1,000 public school students enrolled.
  • During the 2009–10 school year, 39% of public schools (about 32,300 schools) took at least one serious disciplinary action against a student for specific offenses. Of the 433,800 serious disciplinary actions taken during the 2009–10 school year, 74% were suspensions for 5 days or more, 20% were transfers to specialized schools, and 6% were removals with no services for the remainder of the school year.

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