School Crime Incidents Increased in 2017: Report

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Students ages 12 to 18 experienced 827,000 crime victimizations (such as nonfatal violent crimes and thefts) at school and 503,800 victimizations away from school in 2017, reports the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics.

That compared with 749,400 victimizations at school and 601,300 away from school the previous year.

From 2000 to 2017, there were 153 casualties (67 killed and 86 wounded) in active shooter incidents at elementary and secondary schools and 143 casualties (70 killed and 73 wounded) in active shooter incidents at postsecondary institutions, the report said.

About six percent of students reported being called hate-related words at school during the school year, a decrease from 12 percent in 2001. This percentage  decreased for male and female students as well as for white, black, and Hispanic students.

Between 2001 and 2017, the percentage of students who reported that gangs were present at their school decreased from 20 percent to 9 percent. The decline was true in urban, suburban and rural schools.

The report issued Wednesday was the 21st in a series. It contains findings on 22 indicators of school crime and safety, including violent deaths; nonfatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal substances; fear and avoidance; discipline, safety, and security measures; and postsecondary campus safety and security. There also are selected findings on opioids, bullying, and active shooter incidents in educational settings.

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