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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2002
Executive Summary



Violent Deaths at School

Nonfatal Student Victimization-Student Reports

-Victimization of students at school and away from school

-Prevalence of students being victimized at school

-Prevalence of students being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property

-Prevalence of students involved in physical fights on school property

-Prevalence of students being bullied at school

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

Nonfatal Teacher Victimization at School-Teacher Reports

School Environment


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)

Nonfatal Student Victimization Student Reports

3. Prevalence of students being victimized at school*

Some of the crimes committed against students involve violence, while others involve their property. Presenting information on the prevalence of victimization for students helps clarify what percentage of students are affected by different types of crime.

  • The percentage of students ages 12 through 18 who reported being victims of nonfatal crimes (including theft or violent crime) at school during the previous 6 months was smaller in 2001 than in 1999 or 1995 (6, 8, and 10 percent, respectively) (table 3.1). Student reports of theft at school decreased from 7 percent in 1995 to 4 percent in 2001. Student reports of violence at school also decreased from 1995 to 1999 and then showed no difference between 1999 and 2001 (3 percent in 1995 and 2 percent in 1999 and 2001).
  • Between 1995 and 2001, the percentage of students in each grade level who reported being victims of nonfatal crimes declined (figure 3.1 and table 3.1). For example, between 1995 and 2001, the prevalence of reported victimization dropped from 10 percent to 6 percent for 6th-graders and from 6 percent to 3 percent for 12th-graders.
  • In each survey year, public school students were more likely to report having been victims of violent crime than were private school students (table 3.1). Public school students were also more likely than private school students to report being victims of theft in 1995 and 2001, but no such differences were detected in 1999.

*This indicator has been updated to include 2001 data.

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