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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005

Indicator 7:
Violent and Other Incidents at Public Schools and Those Reported to the Police


Table 7.1. Percentage of public schools experiencing and reporting incidents of crime, number of incidents, and the rate per 1,000 students, by type of crime: 1999–2000
Type of crime Experienced various types of crime Reported to police
Percent
of
schools
Number
of
incidents
Rate per 1,000 students Percent
of
schools
Number
of
incidents
Rate per 1,000 students
 
    Total 86.4 2,259,300 48 62.5 656,300 14
 
Violent incidents 71.4 1,466,400 31 36.0 256,900 6
  Physical attack or fight without weapon 63.7 806,800 17 25.8 137,600 3
  Threat of attack without weapon 52.2 598,900 13 18.9 85,000 2
  Serious violent incidents 19.7 60,700 1 14.8 34,300 1
  Rape or attempted rape 0.7 600 # 0.6 600 #
  Sexual battery other than rape 2.5 4,200 # 2.3 3,300 #
  Physical attack or fight with weapon 5.2 12,000 # 3.9 5,300 #
  Threat of attack with weapon 11.1 21,100 # 8.5 14,500 #
  Robbery with a weapon 0.5 2,700 # 0.3 400 #
  Robbery without a weapon 5.3 20,100 # 3.4 10,200 #
 
Theft 45.6 217,900 5 28.5 105,500 2
 
Other incidents 72.7 575,000 12 52.0 294,000 6
  Possess firearm/explosive device 5.5 8,500 # 4.5 5,300 #
  Possess knife or sharp object 42.6 85,800 2 23.0 45,800 1
  Distribution of illegal drugs 12.3 27,700 1 11.4 25,500 1
  Possession or use of alcohol or illegal
  drugs
26.6 114,400 2 22.2 87,700 2
  Sexual harassment 36.3 127,600 3 14.7 34,300 1
  Vandalism 51.4 211,000 5 32.7 95,300 2
# Rounds to zero.
NOTE: Either school principals or the person most knowledgeable about discipline issues at school completed the SSOCS questionnaire. "At school/at your school" was defined for respondents as including activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that are holding school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to, unless the survey specified otherwise, only respond for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities/events were in session. Violent incidents include rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with or without a weapon, threat of physical attack with or without a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon. Serious violent incidents are also included in violent incidents. Serious violent incidents include rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon. Theft/larceny (taking things over $10 without personal confrontation) was defined for respondents as, "the unlawful taking of another person's property without personal confrontation, threat, violence, or bodily harm. Included are pocket picking, stealing purse or backpack (if left unattended or no force was used to take it from owner), theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle or motor vehicle parts or accessories, theft of bicycles, theft from vending machines, and all other types of thefts." Other incidents include possession of a firearm or explosive device, possession of a knife or sharp object, distribution of illegal drugs, possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs, possession or use of alcohol or illegal drugs, sexual harassment, or vandalism. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Estimates of number of incidents were rounded to the nearest 100.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000.



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