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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2003
Executive Summary



Violent Deaths at School

Nonfatal Student Victimization-Student Reports

-Victimization at school and away from school

-Victimization of students at school

-Threats and injuries with weapons on school property

-Physical fights on school property

-Bullying at school

Violence and Crime at School-Public School Reports

Nonfatal Teacher Victimization at School-Teacher Reports

School Environment


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Nonfatal Student Victimization Student Reports

3. Victimization of Students at School

In recent years, as student grade level increased from 6th to 12th, reports of victimization generally decreased.

The most frequently occurring type of nonfatal crime in the United States is theft, though violent crime continues to be of importance in examining school Safety (U.S. Department of Justice 2000). Data from the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey show a decrease in the percentage of students affected by most types of victimization in recent years. For example, the percentage of students ages 12 –18 who reported being victims of nonfatal crimes at school during the previous 6 months was lower in 2001 than in 1999 and 1995 (6 percent vs. 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. In addition, student reports of violence at school decreased from 1995 to 1999 but were not measurably different between 1999 and 2001 (3 percent in 1995 and 2 percent in both 1999 and 2001).

In 2001, male students were more likely than female students to report any criminal victimization (6 vs.5 percent). Among 6th –12th-grade students, as student grade level increased, reports of victimization generally decreased in all survey years (figure 3.1 and table 3.1). Nonetheless, for students in each grade level, the percentage who reported being victims of nonfatal crimes declined between 1995 and 2001. During this period, reports of victimization dropped from 10 percent to 6 percent for 6th-graders and from 6 percent to 3 percent for 12th-graders.

Nonfatal victimization rates varied according to school sector. In each survey year, public school students were more likely to report having been victims of violent crime than their private school counterparts. Public school students were also more likely than private school students to report being victims of theft in 1995 and 2001.

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