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U.S. Schools Have Remained Relatively Safe, Despite Isolated Incidents

U.S. Schools Becoming Safer, Despite Isolated Incidents

While acts of violence may seem prevalent in schools across the U.S., the U.S. Department of Education and Justice indicates that violent deaths at school remain statistically rare, reported Education Week.

"For parents, school staff, and policymakers to effectively address school crime, they need an accurate understanding of the extent, nature, and context of the problem," said the Indicators of School Crime and Safety report. "However, it is difficult to gauge the scope of crime and violence in schools given the large amount of attention devoted to isolated incidents of extreme school violence." 

In every school year between 1992-93 and 2010-11, the percentage of youth homicides occurring at school remained at less than two percent of the total number of youth homicides, said Education Week. In addition, rates of nonfatal criminal victimizations at school—such as theft, threats, and physical attacks—have declined in the last decade.

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Article by Navindra Persaud, EducationWorld contributor.  


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