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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005

Indicator 6:
Teachers Threatened With Injury or Attacked by Students

In 1999-2000, teachers in central city schools were more likely than their peers in urban fringe or rural schools to report being threatened with injury or physically attacked.

Some offenses against teachers are committed by students. Data on the extent to which students make threats or physically attack elementary and secondary teachers can provide a snapshot of this problem. In the Schools and Staffing Survey, teachers were asked whether they had been threatened with injury or physically attacked by a student in the previous 12 months. The survey results indicate that a smaller percentage of elementary and secondary school teachers were threatened with injury by a student at their school in the 1999-2000 school year than in the 1993-94 school year (9 vs. 12 percent; table 6.1). However, no difference was detected in the percentage of teachers physically attacked by a student between the 1999-2000 and 1993-94 school years (4 percent in both years; table 6.2).

In both survey years, teachers in central city schools were more likely to be threatened with injury or physically attacked than teachers in urban fringe or rural schools (figure 6.1 and tables 6.1 and 6.2). For example, in 1999-2000, 11 percent of teachers in central city schools had been threatened with injury by students, compared with 8 percent each in urban fringe and rural schools. Five percent of teachers in central city schools had been attacked by students, while 3 percent each of teachers in urban fringe and rural schools had experienced such attacks.

In 1999-2000, few differences were detected in the likelihood of teachers being victims of attacks or threats by students according to teachers' race/ethnicity (tables 6.1 and 6.2). One such difference was that Black teachers were more likely to be threatened than White teachers (12 vs. 9 percent).

In 1999-2000, teachers' reports of being victimized or attacked by a student varied according to the level and sector of their school. Secondary school teachers were more likely than elementary school teachers to have been threatened with injury by a student (10 vs. 8 percent); however, secondary school teachers were less likely to have been physically attacked (2 vs. 6 percent). Public school teachers were more likely than private school teachers to be victimized by students in school (figure 6.2 and tables 6.1 and 6.2): 10 percent of public school teachers had been threatened with injury, compared with 4 percent of private school teachers. Likewise, 4 percent of public school teachers and 2 percent of private school teachers had been physically attacked by students. Among teachers in central city schools, those at public schools were four times more likely to be threatened with injury than their colleagues at private schools (14 vs. 3 percent) and about three times more likely to be physically attacked (6 vs. 2 percent).

Figure 6.1. Percentage of public and private school teachers who reported that they were threatened with injury or that they were physically attacked by a student from school during the previous 12 months, by urbanicity: 1993-94 and 1999-2000

Percentage of public and private school teachers who reported that they were threatened with injury or that they were physically attacked by a 
student from school during the previous 12 months, by urbanicity: 1993-94 
and 1999-2000

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), “Public, Private, and Charter Teacher and School Surveys,” 1993-94 and 1999-2000.
Figure 6.2. Percentage of public and private school teachers who reported that they were threatened with injury or that they were physically attacked by a student from school during the previous 12 months, by urbanicity and school sector: 1999-2000

Percentage of public and private school teachers who reported that they were threatened with injury or that they were physically attacked by a student from school during the previous 12 months, by urbanicity and school sector: 
1999-2000

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), “Public, Private, and Charter Teacher and School Surveys,” 1999-2000.
View Table 6.1 View Table 6.1View Table 6.2 View Table 6.2


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