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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010
NCES 2011-002
November 2010

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Table 1.1.

Number of school-associated violent deaths, homicides, and suicides of youth ages 518, by location and year: School years 199293 to 200809


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 38 5 14 5 1,537   8 5 1,415
2000–01 33 5 14 5 1,466   5 5 1,493
2001–02 38 5 16 5 1,468   6 5 1,400
2002–03 36 5 18 5 1,515   10 5 1,331
2003–04 46 5 23 5 1,437   5 5 1,285
2004–05 52 5 22 5 1,535   8 5 1,471
2005–06 43 5 20 5 1,646   3 5 1,408
2006–07 59 5 31 5 1,740   8 5 1,296
2007–08 47 5 21 5 1,701   5 5 1,231
2008–09 38 5 15 5   7 5
— Not available.
1 A school-associated violent death is defined as “a homicide, suicide, or legal intervention (involving a law enforcement officer), 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, 2009.
2 Youth ages 5–18 from July 1, 1992, through June 30, 2009.
3 Youth ages 5–18 from July 1, 1992, through June 30, 2008.
4 Youth ages 5–18 in the calendar year from 1992 to 2007.
5 The data from 1999–2000 onward are subject to change 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. 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), 1992–2009 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 2010); 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), 1999–2007, retrieved July 2010 from http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars/index.html; and data on total homicides of youth ages 5–18 for the 1992–93 through 2007–08 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 (June 2010).
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