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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2002
Executive Summary

Foreword

Acknowledgments

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

Figures

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

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.

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