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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005

Indicator 17:
Studentsí Perceptions of Personal Safety at School and Away From School


Table 17.1. Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being afraid of attack or threat of attack during the previous 6 months, by location and selected student and school characteristics: Selected years, 1995–2003
Student or school characteristic At school Away from school
1995 1999 2001 2003 1999 2001 2003
 
    Total 11.8 7.3 6.4 6.1 5.7 4.6 5.4
 
Sex
  Male 10.8 6.5 6.4 5.3 4.1 3.7 4.0
  Female 12.8 8.2 6.4 6.9 7.4 5.6 6.8
 
Race/ethnicity1
  White 8.1 5.0 4.9 4.1 4.3 3.7 3.8
  Black 20.3 13.5 8.9 10.7 8.7 6.3 10.0
  Hispanic 20.9 11.7 10.6 9.5 8.9 6.5 7.4
  Other 13.5 6.7 6.4 5.0 5.4 6.6 3.9
 
Grade
  6th 14.3 10.9 10.6 10.0 7.8 6.3 6.8
  7th 15.3 9.5 9.2 8.2 6.1 5.5 6.7
  8th 13.0 8.1 7.6 6.3 5.5 4.4 5.3
  9th 11.6 7.1 5.5 6.3 4.6 4.5 4.3
  10th 11.0 7.1 5.0 4.4 4.8 4.2 5.3
  11th 8.9 4.8 4.8 4.7 5.9 4.7 4.7
  12th 7.8 4.8 2.9 3.7 6.1 3.3 4.9
 
Urbanicity
  Urban 18.4 11.6 9.7 9.5 9.1 7.4 8.1
  Suburban 9.8 6.2 4.8 4.8 5.0 3.8 4.4
  Rural 8.6 4.8 6.0 4.7 3.0 3.0 4.0
 
Sector
  Public 12.2 7.7 6.6 6.4 5.8 4.6 5.4
  Private 7.3 3.6 4.6 3.0 5.0 5.1 4.7
1 Other includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians (including Alaska Natives). In 2003, students were given the option of identifying themselves as more than one race. For this report, non-Hispanic students who identified themselves as more than one race in 2003 (1 percent of all respondents) were included in the other category. Respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin are classified as Hispanic, regardless of their race. Due to changes in race/ethnicity categories, comparisons of race/ethnicity across years should be made with caution.
NOTE: In the 1995 and 1999 surveys, "at school" was defined as in the school building, on the school grounds, or on a school bus. In the 2001 and 2003 surveys, "at school" was defined as in the school building, on school property, on a school bus, or going to and from school. In the 1995 and 1999 surveys, students reported fear of "attack or harm" at school or on the way to and from school during the previous 6 months. In 2001 and 2003, students reported fear of "attack or threat of attack" at school or on the way to and from school during the previous 6 months. Includes students who reported that they sometimes or most of the time feared being victimized in this way. Fear of attack away from school was not collected in 1995. Population sizes for students ages 12–18 are 23,325,000 in 1995, 24,614,000 in 1999, 24,315,000 in 2001, and 25,684,000 in 2003.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, selected years, 1995–2003.



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