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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2004
Indicators:
 
INDICATOR 4
 
THREATS AND INJURIES WITH WEAPONS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY

In 2003, male students in grades 9-12 were more likely than female students to report being threatened or injured in the past year (12 vs. 6 percent).

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 has changed 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. In 2003, 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 percentage of students who were threatened or injured in this way has fluctuated between 1993 and 2003, but without a clear trend. In all survey years from 1993 to 2003, 7-9 percent of students reported being threatened or injured in this way.

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 2003, 12 percent of male students reported being threatened or injured in the past year, compared with 6 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 (figure 4.2 and table 4.1). In 2003, 12 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 6 percent of 12th-graders.

Students' likelihood of being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property was examined by race/ethnicity. In 2003, American Indian students were more likely than Black, Hispanic, and White students to report being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property (22 percent vs. 11, 9, and 8 percent, respectively). In addition, Black students were more likely than White students to report being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property.

This indicator has been updated to include 2003 data.


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