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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009
NCES 2010-012
December 2009

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Table 1.1.

Number of school-associated violent deaths, homicides, and suicides of youth ages 5–18, by location and year: 1992–2008


Year Total student, staff, and nonstudent school-associated violent deaths1   Homicides of youth ages 5–18   Suicides of youth ages 5–18
Homicides at school2   Total homicides3   Suicides at school2   Total suicides4
1992–93 57 34 2,689 6 1,680
1993–94 48 29 2,879 7 1,723
1994–95 48 28 2,654 7 1,767
1995–96 53 32 2,512 6 1,725
1996–97 48 28 2,189 1 1,633
1997–98 57 34 2,056 6 1,626
1998–99 47 33 1,762 4 1,597
1999–2000 3851451,537 851,415
2000–01 3351451,466 551,493
2001–02 3851651,468 651,400
2002–03 3551851,515 951,331
2003–04 4552351,437 451,285
2004–05 5152251,535 751,471
2005–06 4352051,646 351,408
2006–07 5853051,748 851,296
2007–08 435215— 55—
— Not available.
1 A school-associated violent death is defined as “a homicide, suicide, legal intervention (involving a law enforcement officer), or unintentional firearm-related death in which the fatal injury occurred on the campus of a functioning elementary or secondary school in the United States” while the victim was on the way to or from regular sessions at school or while the victim was attending or traveling to or from an official school-sponsored event. Victims include students, staff members, and others who are not students, from July 1, 1992, through June 20, 2008.
2 Youth ages 5–18 from July 1, 1992, through June 30, 2008.
3 Youth ages 5–18 from July 1, 1992, through June 30, 2007.
4 Youth ages 5–18 in the calendar year from 1992 to 2006.
5 Data are preliminary and subject to change. The data are considered preliminary until interviews with school and law enforcement officials have been completed. The details learned during the interviews can occasionally change the classification of a case. Data from School-Associated Violent Deaths Surveillance Study (SAVD) from 1999-2000 onwards are considered preliminary. For more information on this survey, please see appendix A.
NOTE: "At school" includes on school property, on the way to or from regular sessions at school, and while attending or traveling to or from a school-sponsored event. Estimates were revised and may differ from previously published data.
SOURCE: Data on homicides and suicides of youth ages 5–18 at school and total school-associated violent deaths are from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1992–2008 School-Associated Violent Deaths Surveillance Study (SAVD), partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, previously unpublished tabulation (July 2009); data on total suicides of youth ages 5–18 are from the CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System Fatal (WISQARS™ Fatal), 1999–2006, retrieved July 2009 from http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html; and data on total homicides of youth ages 5–18 for the 1992–93 through 2006–07 school years are from the Supplementary Homicide Reports (SHR) collected by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and tabulated by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, preliminary data (May 2009).
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