As Violence in Schools Declines, Bullying Remains Consistent


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.

For more BJS statistics, click HERE.

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