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Table 16.  Number and percent distribution of students ages 12 through 18 who reported being called a hate-related word at school, by student reports of fear and avoidance behaviors: School year 2016–17
Hate‐related word Estimated
number of
  Did not feel
safe at school1
  Felt afraid while
on school
  Avoided a
location or
activity at
  Stayed home
from school
due to fear4
  Skipped class in
the past four
Total students 25,023,000   3.1   3.6   6.9   1.2   4.9  
Not called hate‐related word 22,996,000   2.4   2.5   5.4   0.7   4.5  
Called hate‐related word 1,577,000   13.9   17.9   27.2   8.3   11.0  
1 Those who responded "disagree" or "strongly disagree" to "thinking about your school, would you strongly agree, agree, disagree, or strongly disagree with the feel safe in your school"
2 Those who responded "sometimes" or "most of the time" to "How often are you afriad that someone will attack or harm you in the school building or on school property?"
3 Includes any respondent who responded "yes" to one of the following because they feared attack or harm "Did you stay away from the following places: Shortest route to school, the entrance into the school, any hallways or stairs in school, parts of the school cafeteria or lunchroom, any school restrooms, any other places inside the school building, school parking lot, other places on school grounds, school bus or bus stop" as well as those who responded "yes" to "Did you avoid any activities at your school because you thought someone might attack or harm you?" and "Did you avoid any classes because you thought someone might attack or harm you?"
4 Those who responded "yes" to "Did you stay home from school because you thought someone might attack or harm you in the school building, on school property, on a school bus, or going to or from school?"
NOTE: Tabular data include only students who reported being enrolled in grades 6 through 12 and not receiving any of their education through homeschooling during the school year reported. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and missing data. Students responded to the question "During this school year, has anyone called you an insulting or bad name at school having to do with your race, religion, ethnic background or national origin, disability, gender, or sexual orientation? We call these hate-related words."
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2017.