America's schools are significantly less violent than they were two decades ago, according to data released recently by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
During the 2010-2011 school year, there were 11 student homicides at school, compared with 34 during the 1992-1993 school year.
A similar drop has occurred in total violence and theft in American schools. There were more than 1.6 million violent incidents and nearly 2.7 million thefts in 1992; in 2011, about 600,000 violent incidents were reported and about 650,000 thefts.
Discussing the figures on C-SPAN'S America By the Numbers show on Friday, Michael Planty, chief of victimization statistics at BJS noted that the decline in school-related crime has mirrored America's overall two-decade drop in major crimes.
While school-related violence has decreased, other types of victimizations have remained constant.
There's been almost no change in the percentage of high school students who reported being threatened with a weapon on school property; in 2011, about 28 percent of 12- to 18-year-old students reported being bullied.
And bullying has moved beyond the classroom with the help of social media. About 9 percent of students reported being cyber bullied, according to BJS statistics.
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