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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007
NCES 2008-021
December 2007

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Table 17.1.

Percentage of students ages 12-18 who reported being afraid of attack or harm during the previous 6 months, by location and selected student and school characteristics: Various years, 1995-2005


  At school   Away from school
Student or school characteristic 1995 1999 2001 2003 2005   1995 1999 2001 2003 2005
                       
Total 11.8 7.3 6.4 6.1 6.2   5.7 4.6 5.4 5.1
                       
Sex                      
Male 10.8 6.5 6.4 5.3 5.9   4.1 3.7 4.0 4.5
Female 12.8 8.2 6.4 6.9 6.6   7.4 5.6 6.8 5.7
                       
Race/ethnicity1                      
White 8.1 5.0 4.9 4.1 4.5   4.3 3.7 3.8 4.2
Black 20.3 13.5 8.9 10.7 9.0   8.7 6.3 10.0 7.2
Hispanic 20.9 11.7 10.6 9.5 10.1   8.9 6.5 7.4 6.1
Other 13.5 6.7 6.4 5.0 6.3   5.4 6.6 3.9 5.9!
                       
Grade                      
6th 14.3 10.9 10.6 10.0 9.5   7.8 6.3 6.8 5.7
7th 15.3 9.5 9.2 8.2 9.1   6.1 5.5 6.7 7.5
8th 13.0 8.1 7.6 6.3 6.9   5.5 4.4 5.3 4.9
9th 11.6 7.1 5.5 6.3 5.7   4.6 4.5 4.3 3.8
10th 11.0 7.1 5.0 4.4 5.3   4.8 4.2 5.3 4.6
11th 8.9 4.8 4.8 4.7 4.5   5.9 4.7 4.7 4.1
12th 7.8 4.8 2.9 3.7 3.3   6.1 3.3 4.9 5.3
                       
Urbanicity                      
Urban 18.4 11.6 9.7 9.5 10.2   9.1 7.4 8.1 6.6
Suburban 9.8 6.2 4.8 4.8 4.7   5.0 3.8 4.4 4.5
Rural 8.6 4.8 6.0 4.7 5.1   3.0 3.0 4.0 4.6
                       
Sector                      
Public 12.2 7.7 6.6 6.4 6.5   5.8 4.6 5.4 5.1
Private 7.3 3.6 4.6 3.0 3.8   5.0 5.1 4.7 4.7
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Other includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian or Pacific Islander, and, from 2003 onward, more than one race. For this report, non-Hispanic students who identified themselves as more than one race 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 racial/ethnic categories, comparisons of race/ethnicity across years should be made with caution.
NOTE: "At school" includes the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and, from 2001 onward, going to and from school. For the 2001 survey, the wording was changed from "attack or harm" to "attack or threat of attack." 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. In 2005, the unit response rate for this survey did not meet NCES statistical standards; therefore, interpret the data with caution. For more information, please see appendix A. Population sizes for students ages 12–18 are 23,325,000 in 1995; 24,614,000 in 1999; 24,315,000 in 2001; 25,684,000 in 2003; and 25,811,000 in 2005.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, various years, 1995–2005.
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