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

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Table 1.2.

Number of school-associated violent deaths of students, staff, and nonstudents, by type: 1992–2008


Year Total Homicides Suicides Legal interventions Unintentional firearm-related deaths
1992–9357471000
1993–9448381000
1994–954839801
1995–965346610
1996–974845210
1997–985747910
1998–994738621
1999–2000138261101
2000–0113326610
2001–0213827911
2002–03135251000
2003–0414538610
2004–0515140920
2005–0614336610
2006–07158431221
2007–0814336610
1 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: 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. Estimates were revised and may differ from previously published data.
SOURCE: 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Study (SAVD), partially funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, previously unpublished tabulation (July 2009).
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