October 25, 2011 Leave a comment
• In 2006, there were 29 violent crimes at school per 1,000 students.1 This included rape, both sexual and aggravated assault, and robbery. • In 2007, about 32% of students reported being bullied during the school year.1• About 4% of students reported being cyber-bullied in 2007.1• Children who bully are more likely to get into fights, vandalize property, skip school, and drop out of school.4Violent Deaths• Violent deaths at schools accounted for less than 1% of the homicides and suicides among children ages 5-18.6, 7 • During the past seven years, 116 students were killed in 109 separate incidents—an average of 16.5 student homicides each year.7• Rates of school-associated student homicides decreased between 1992 and 2006. However, they have remained relatively stable in recent years. Rates were significantly higher for males, students in secondary schools, and students in central cities.7• Most school-associated violent deaths occur during transition times—before and after the school day and during lunch.5• Violent deaths are more likely to occur at the start of each semester.8• Nearly 50% of homicide perpetrators gave some type of warning signal, including making a threat or leaving a note, prior to the event.