Report: Kids Do Most of Their Fighting at School


School-aged children were more likely to face nonfatal violence at school than away from school in 2013, according to a new report by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics.

The annual report includes data on school crime and safety drawn from several national surveys.

The rate of violent victimization at school (37 per 1,000 students) far outpaced that of violent victimization away from school (15 per 1,000 students), according to the report.

“This difference was driven primarily by higher rates of simple assault at school (33 per 1,000 students) than away from school that year (9 per 1,000),” researchers note.

The report notes that victimization at school overall has dropped significantly in the last 20 years. In 1993, nonfatal victimizations peaked at nearly 200 per 1,000 students. The rate in 2013 was just over 50 per 1,000 students.

Read the full report here.

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