New Report: School Crime and Safety


The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics, have released a new report entitled “Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008.” The 172-page paper pulls together information from several national surveys and studies, and takes a look at bullying, theft, sexual assault, drug use, teacher victimization, and other safety matters in America’s pre-K-12 schools.

Findings include:

– In 2007, 23 percent of 12-18 year-olds said there were gangs at their schools.

-6 percent of students in grades 9-12 reported they had carried a weapon on school property in the past 30 days. 18 percent said they carried a weapon outside school.

-32 percent of 12-18 year-olds reported being the victim of in-school bullying in the past year.

Click here for the full report.

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