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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008
NCES 2009-022
April 2009

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Table 18.1.

Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported avoiding school activities or one or more places in school because of fear of attack or harm: Various years, 1995–2007


Activity or place avoided 1995 1999 2001 2003 2005   20071  
Total  6.9 6.1 5.0 5.5   7.2  
                 
Avoided school activities  3.2 2.3 1.9 2.1   2.6  
Any activities2  1.7 0.8 1.1 1.0 1.0   1.8  
Any class  0.6 0.6 0.6 0.7   0.7  
Stayed home from school  2.3 1.1 0.8 0.7   0.8  
                 
Avoided one or more places in school  8.7 4.6 4.7 4.0 4.5   5.8  
Entrance to the school  2.1 1.1 1.2 1.2 1.0   1.5  
Hallways or stairs in school  4.2 2.1 2.1 1.7 2.1   2.6  
Parts of the school cafeteria  2.5 1.3 1.4 1.2 1.8   1.9  
Any school restrooms  4.4 2.1 2.2 2.0 2.1   2.6  
Other places inside the school building  2.5 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.4   1.5  
— Not available.
1 In 2007, the reference period was the school year, whereas in prior survey years the reference period was the previous 6 months. Cognitive testing showed that estimates from 2007 are comparable to previous years.
2 In 2007, the survey wording was changed from "any extracurricular activities" to "any activities." Please use caution when comparing changes in this item over time.
NOTE: Data for 2005 have been revised from previously published figures. For the 2001 survey, the wording was changed from "attack or harm" to "attack or threat of attack." In 2005 and 2007, 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 PDF File (301 KB).
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, various years, 1995–2007.
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