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4. Prevalence of students being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property*
Every year, some students are threatened or injured with a weapon while they are on school property. The percentages of students victimized in this way provide an important measure of how safe our schools are and how this is changing over time.
- The percentage of students in grades 9 through 12 who were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in the 12 months before the survey has fluctuated in recent years, but without a clear trend (table 4.1). In all survey years from 1993 to 2001, between 7 and 9 percent of students reported being threatened or injured with a weapon, such as a gun, knife, or club on school property.
- In each survey year, males were more likely than females to report being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property (figure 4.1 and table 4.1). For example, in 2001, 12 percent of males reported being threatened or injured in the past year, compared with 7 percent of females.
- Among 9th- through 12th-grade students, those students in lower grades were more likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon on school property than were students in higher grades in all survey years (figure 4.2 and table 4.1).
- No differences could be detected in the race/ethnicity of students being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property in 1999 or 2001 (table 4.1).3
*This indicator has been updated to include 2001 data.
3 While there appear to be large differences among racial/ethnic groups, these differences are associated with large standard errors and should be interpreted with caution.