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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2002
Executive Summary



Violent Deaths at School

Nonfatal Student Victimization-Student Reports

Violence and Crime at School-Public School Principal/ Disciplinarian Reports

Nonfatal Teacher Victimization at School-Teacher Reports

School Environment

-Prevalence of students carrying weapons on school property

-Student's perceptions of personal safety at school and when traveling to and from school

-Students' reports of avoiding places in school

-Students' reports of being called hate-related words and seeing hate-related graffiti

-Students' reports of gangs at school

-Public school principals' perceptions of discipline issues at school

-Prevalence of students using alcohol

-Prevalence of students using marijuana

-Prevalence of students reporting drugs were made available to them on school property


Full Report (PDF) (PDF - 1152 KB)

-Supplemental Tables (PDF - 154 KB)

-Standard Error Tables (PDF - 156 KB)

-Appendix A   School Practices and Policies Related to Safety and Discipline' (PDF - 60 KB)

-Appendix B   Technical Notes (PDF - 83 KB)

-Appendix C   Glossary of Terms (PDF - 32 KB)

-Excel Tables   Zip Format (240 KB)

School Environment

13. Students' reports of avoiding places in school*

One consequence of school violence is the fear that it can instill in students. Students who fear for their own safety may not be able or ready to learn. Concerns about vulnerability to attacks by others at school and away from school may also have a detrimental effect on the school environment and learning.

  • Between 1995 and 1999, the percentage of students ages 12 through 18 who avoided one or more places in school decreased from 9 percent in 1995 to 5 percent in 1999 (figure 13.1 and table 13.1). However, between 1999 and 2001, the percentage remained stable at 5 percent.
  • In 1995 and 1999, both Black and Hispanic students were more likely than White students to report avoiding places (figure 13.1 and table 13.1). In 2001, Black students were more likely than White students to report avoiding places in school. No differences were detected between students of other racial/ethnic backgrounds in this year.
  • In 2001, students in lower grades were more likely than students in higher grades to report avoiding areas in school (table 13.1). For example, 7 percent of 6th-graders avoided areas in school, compared with 3 percent of 12th-graders.
  • In both 1995 and 2001, students in urban areas were more likely than suburban students to avoid places in school (6 percent vs. 4 percent, respectively, in 2001) (figure 13.2 and table 13.1). However, in 1999, there were no such differences between urban and suburban students.

*This indicator has been updated to include 2001 data. See appendix B for details on changes to the questionnaire among survey years.

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