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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2003
Executive Summary

Foreword

Acknowledgments

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

Figures

Full Report (PDF) (PDF - 1152 KB)

-Supplemental Tables (PDF - 224 KB)

-Standard Error Tables (PDF - 186 KB)

-Appendix A   Technical Notes (PDF - 113 KB)

-Appendix B   Glossary of Terms (PDF - 45 KB)

-Excel Tables   Zip Format (207 KB)

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Nonfatal Student Victimization Student Reports

4. Threats and injuries with weapons on school property

The percentage of students in grades 9?12 who were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property has fluctuated in recent years without a clear trend.

Every year, some students are threatened or injured with a weapon while they are on school property. The percentage of students victimized in this way provides an important measure of how safe our schools are and how this changes over time. In the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, students in grades 9?12 were asked whether they had been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property during the 12 months preceding the survey. Results show that the percentage of students who were threatened or injured in this way has fluctuated in recent years without a clear trend. In all survey years from 1993 to 2001, between 7 percent and 9 percent of students reported being threatened or injured with a weapon, such as a gun, knife, or club, on school property (table 4.1).

The likelihood of being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property varied by student characteristics. 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 male students reported being threatened or injured in the past year, compared with 7 percent of female students. Among 9th ? 12th-grade students, those in lower grades were more likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon on school property than were those in higher grades in all survey years (figure 4.2 and table 4.1). In 2001, 13 percent of 9th-graders reported that they were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, compared with 9 percent of 10th-graders, 7 percent of 11th-graders, and 5 percent of 12th-graders.

Finally, students? likelihood of being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property was examined by race/ethnicity. In 2001, Pacific Islander students were more likely than Black, Hispanic, or White students to report being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property. While there appear to be large differences in other racial/ ethnic groups, some of these estimates are associated with large standard errors and should be interpreted with caution.

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