A new federal analysis of school safety data indicates that more teenage students were victims of violent crimes and thefts at school than they were while away from school in 2007. The annual report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics says students ages 12-18 were victims of about 1.5 million nonfatal crimes (theft and violent crime) while at school and 1.1 million nonfatal crimes while away from school in ’07.
The report said 10 percent of male students in grades 9-12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in ’07, compared to 5 percent of female students. The report, described as “the most current detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools and school environments,” includes data drawn from several federal sources, including the National Crime Victimization Survey, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, School Survey on Crime and Safety and the Schools and Staffing Survey. (The link connects to the report on the BJS website.)