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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


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)


The safety of our students, teachers, and staff at our nation's schools continues to be an issue of paramount importance. While the most recent national indicators demonstrate that important gains have been made in recent years, crime and safety issues remain substantial problems in our nation's schools. Between 1992 and 2000, there was a 46 percent decrease in the violent crime victimization rate at school. Despite this decline, students ages 12 through 18 were victims of about 700,000 violent crimes and 1.2 million crimes of theft at school in the year 2000. Violence, theft, bullying, drugs, and firearms remain problems in many schools throughout the country indicating that more remains to be done to make our schools safer.

Accurate information about the nature, extent, and scope of the problem being addressed is essential in developing effective programs and policies. The information contained in this report is intended to serve as a foundation for policy-makers and practitioners in the development of effective programs and policies to prevent and cope with violence and crime in schools.

This is the fifth edition of Indicators of School Crime and Safety, a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics. The report provides detailed statistical information to inform the nation on the current nature of crime in schools. This edition of Indicators includes the most recent available data, including data from 2001.

The data in this report were compiled from a number of statistical series supported by the federal government. Sources include results from a study of violent deaths in schools, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; the National Crime Victimization Survey and School Crime Supplement to the survey, sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and the Schools and Staffing Survey, sponsored by the National Center for Education Statistics.

This report is available on the Internet in its entirety. The Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics continue to work toward providing more timely and complete data on the issue of school-related violence and safety.

Gary W. Phillips
Deputy Commissioner of Education Statistics

Lawrence A. Greenfeld
Director of the Bureau of Justice Statistics

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