School Crime & Victimization


•In 2004, students aged 12 to 18 were victims of 107,400 serious violent crimes at school.
•In the 2004-2005 school year, there were a total of 48 student, staff and non-student school-associated violent deaths.
•Younger students (aged 12-14) were more likely than older students (aged 15-18) to be victims of crime at school.
•In 2005, 28% of all school-age children reported being bullied at school, an increase over the 7% reported in 2003. Also in 2005, 29% of rural and suburban students reported being bullied, versus 26% of urban students.
•In 2003, teachers were the victims of approximately 183,400 total nonfatal crimes at school, including 118,800 thefts and 64,600 violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, and simple assault).
•In 2005, 24% of students aged 12-18 reported that street gangs were present at their schools. Students in urban schools were the most likely to report the presence of street gangs at their schools (36%), followed by suburban students (21%) and rural students (16%).
•In 2005, 4% of students in grades 9 through 12 had at least one drink of alcohol and 5% reported using marijuana on school property during the previous 30 days.
•In 2005, 19% of students in grades 9 through 12 had carried a weapon on one or more of the 30 days preceding the survey, including about 5% of students who had carried a gun.
•Nationwide, 8% of students had attempted suicide one or more times during the previous 12 months.
•In 2005, only 55% of high-school students felt safe at school.
•African-American students (41%) were far less likely than white students (60 percent) to feel safe at school.
•Fewer than half (41%) of special education students agreed that they feel safe at school.
•From January 1990 to February 2002, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) recorded 1,055 incidents of bombs being placed on school premises. Of these incidents, only 14 were accompanied by a warning to the school or other authorities.

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