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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012


Table 17.1.

Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being afraid of attack or harm, by location and selected student or school characteristics: Various years, 1995–2009


Student or school characteristic At school   Away from school
1995 1999 2001 2003 2005   20071   20091     1995 1999 2001 2003 2005   20071   20091  
Total 11.8 7.3 6.4 6.1 6.4   5.3   4.2     5.7 4.6 5.4 5.2   3.5   3.3  
Sex                                          
Male 10.8 6.5 6.4 5.3 6.1   4.6   3.7     4.1 3.7 4.0 4.6   2.4   2.5  
Female 12.8 8.2 6.4 6.9 6.7   6.0   4.8     7.4 5.6 6.8 5.8   4.5   4.1  
Race/ethnicity2                                          
White 8.1 5.0 4.9 4.1 4.6   4.2   3.3     4.3 3.7 3.8 4.2   2.5   2.2  
Black 20.3 13.5 8.9 10.7 9.2   8.6   7.0     8.7 6.3 10.0 7.3   4.9   5.7  
Hispanic 20.9 11.7 10.6 9.5 10.3   7.1   4.9     8.9 6.5 7.4 6.2   5.9   3.9  
Asian 6.2 ! 2.3 ! 5.9 !   7.4     7.1 !
Other 13.5 6.7 6.4 5.0 5.7   3.3 !     5.4 6.6 3.9 3.1 !   4.0 !
Grade                                          
6th 14.3 10.9 10.6 10.0 9.5   9.9   6.4     7.8 6.3 6.8 5.6   5.9   3.3  
7th 15.3 9.5 9.2 8.2 9.1   6.7   6.2     6.1 5.5 6.7 7.5   3.0   4.0  
8th 13.0 8.1 7.6 6.3 7.1   4.6   3.5     5.5 4.4 5.3 5.0   3.6   3.3  
9th 11.6 7.1 5.5 6.3 5.9   5.5   4.6     4.6 4.5 4.3 3.8   4.0   2.6  
10th 11.0 7.1 5.0 4.4 5.5   5.2   4.6     4.8 4.2 5.3 4.7   3.0   5.5  
11th 8.9 4.8 4.8 4.7 4.6   3.1   3.3     5.9 4.7 4.7 4.2   2.3   2.2  
12th 7.8 4.8 2.9 3.7 3.3   3.1   1.9 !   6.1 3.3 4.9 5.4   3.2   2.1  
Urbanicity3                                          
Urban 18.4 11.6 9.7 9.5 10.5   7.1   6.9     9.1 7.4 8.1 6.7   5.3   5.8  
Suburban 9.8 6.2 4.8 4.8 4.7   4.4   3.0     5.0 3.8 4.4 4.6   2.7   2.5  
Rural 8.6 4.8 6.0 4.7 5.1   4.9   3.9     3.0 3.0 4.0 4.7   2.8   1.9  
Sector                                          
Public 12.2 7.7 6.6 6.4 6.6   5.5   4.4     5.8 4.6 5.4 5.2   3.6   3.5  
Private 7.3 3.6 4.6 3.0 3.8   2.5 ! 1.9 !   5.0 5.1 4.7 4.9   2.1 ! 1.8 !
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 In 2007 and 2009, 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 and 2009 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.
3 Refers to the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent’s household as defined in 2000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Categories include “central city of an MSA (Urban),” “in MSA but not in central city (Suburban),” and “not MSA (Rural).”
NOTE: “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.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, various years, 1995–2009.
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