Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
Violent deaths are tragic, rare events in schools. In the 2009-2010 school year, 25 homicides occurred at school or on the way to or from school and there were 5 suicides connected with the school day. In February 2012, shooting at a public high school outside of Cleveland, Ohio once again stunned the nation and raised questions about the safety of our children while they're at school.
Together, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics prepares an annual report that examines crime in schools, as well as those that happen as children travel to and from school. Data is gathered from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population. Using an array of sources--the National Crime Victimization Survey, the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the School Survey on Crime and Safety and the School and Staffing Survey--this report provides the most current, detailed statistical information on the nature of crime in schools.
Data on crime away from school are also presented to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society.
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