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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 1998

Nonfatal Student Victimization-
Student Reports

The amount of crime committed in the nation's schools continues to be a concern. However, students are exposed and vulnerable to crime away from as well as at school. In fact, life away from school may be more dangerous for some students than life at school.


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Chapter 2 Some of the crimes committed against students involve violence, while others involve their property. Presenting information on different types of victimization for public and private school students separately helps clarify how many students are affected and where the most serious problems are.



Every year, some students are in-jured or threatened with injury while they are at school. The percent-ages of students victimized in this way provide an important measure of how safe our schools are and how this is changing over time.



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Bullying contributes to a climate of fear and intimidation in schools. As part of a youth interview on school safety and discipline conducted in 1993, students in grades 6 through 12 were asked if they had been victims of bullying at school.


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One way that students are victimized at school is by having their personal property stolen or deliberately damaged. While less harmful than attacks on students themselves, such crimes have financial consequences and can divert students' attention from their studies as well as contribute to perceptions of school as unsafe places.


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[1] For this indicator, "at school" includes on school property or on the way to or from school.Back

[2] See appendix C for definition of suburban used in NHES.Back

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