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


Table 17.1.

Percentage of students ages 1218 who reported being afraid of attack or harm, by location and selected student and school characteristics: Various years, 19952007


Student or school characteristic At school   Away from school  
1995 1999 2001 2003 2005   20071   1995 1999 2001 2003 2005   20071  
                                 
Total 11.8 7.3 6.4 6.1 6.4   5.3   5.7 4.6 5.4 5.2   3.5  
                                 
Sex                                
Male 10.8 6.5 6.4 5.3 6.1   4.6   4.1 3.7 4.0 4.6   2.4  
Female 12.8 8.2 6.4 6.9 6.7   6.0   7.4 5.6 6.8 5.8   4.5  
                                 
Race/ethnicity2                                
White 8.1 5.0 4.9 4.1 4.6   4.2   4.3 3.7 3.8 4.2   2.5  
Black 20.3 13.5 8.9 10.7 9.2   8.6   8.7 6.3 10.0 7.3   4.9  
Hispanic 20.9 11.7 10.6 9.5 10.3   7.1   8.9 6.5 7.4 6.2   5.9  
Asian 6.2 ! 2.3 ! 7.4    
Other 13.5 6.7 6.4 5.0 5.7   3.3 ! 5.4 6.6 3.9 3.1 !  
                                 
Grade                                
6th 14.3 10.9 10.6 10.0 9.5   9.9   7.8 6.3 6.8 5.6   5.9  
7th 15.3 9.5 9.2 8.2 9.1   6.7   6.1 5.5 6.7 7.5   3.0  
8th 13.0 8.1 7.6 6.3 7.1   4.6   5.5 4.4 5.3 5.0   3.6  
9th 11.6 7.1 5.5 6.3 5.9   5.5   4.6 4.5 4.3 3.8   4.0  
10th 11.0 7.1 5.0 4.4 5.5   5.2   4.8 4.2 5.3 4.7   3.0  
11th 8.9 4.8 4.8 4.7 4.6   3.1   5.9 4.7 4.7 4.2   2.3  
12th 7.8 4.8 2.9 3.7 3.3   3.1   6.1 3.3 4.9 5.4   3.2  
                                 
Urbanicity                                
Urban 18.4 11.6 9.7 9.5 10.5     9.1 7.4 8.1 6.7    
Suburban 9.8 6.2 4.8 4.8 4.7     5.0 3.8 4.4 4.6    
Rural 8.6 4.8 6.0 4.7 5.1     3.0 3.0 4.0 4.7    
                                 
Sector                                
Public 12.2 7.7 6.6 6.4 6.6   5.5   5.8 4.6 5.4 5.2   3.6  
Private 7.3 3.6 4.6 3.0 3.8   2.5 ! 5.0 5.1 4.7 4.9   2.1 !
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
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 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Other includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian (prior to 2005), Pacific Islander, and, from 2003 onward, two or more races. Due to changes in racial/ethnic categories, comparisons of race/ethnicity across years should be made with caution.
NOTE: Data for 2005 have been revised from previously published figures. “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.” Students were asked if they “never,” “almost never,” “sometimes,” or “most of the time” feared attack or harm at school or away from school. Students responding “sometimes” or “most of the time” were considered fearful. Fear of attack away from school was not collected in 1995. In 2005 and 2007, the unit response rate for this survey did not meet NCES statistical standards; therefore, interpret the data with caution. Due to a redesign of the methods used to measure urbanicity, estimates for 2007 locales are not shown. For more information, please see appendix A.
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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