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Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 1999

NCJ Number
Date Published
September 1999
176 pages
Phillip Kaufman; Xianglei Chen; Susan P. Choy; Sally A. Ruddy; Amanda K. Miller; Kathryn A. Chandler; Christopher D. Chapman; Michael R. Rand; Patsy Klaus
Publication Type
This report presents data on crime at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and the general population, based on an array of sources.
The data sources include the National Crime Victimization Survey (1992-97), the School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (1989 and 1995), the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (1993, 1995, and 1997), the National Household Education Survey (1993), and the School and Staffing Survey (1993-94). The report is a joint effort by the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the National Center for Education Statistics. It examines crime in schools as well as on the way to and from school. Data for crime away from school are also presented to place school crime in the context of crime in the larger society. The report provides detailed statistical information on the current nature of crime in schools and is a companion document to the Annual Report on School Safety: 1999. The data revealed that young people were less likely to be victimized at school than they were away from school, but that crimes did occur in schools. The total nonfatal victimization rate for young people declined between 1993 and 1997. However, students ages 12-18 years were victims of about 202,000 serious violent crimes at school during 1997; these crimes included rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault. They were victims of more than 2.7 million total crimes at school. In addition, about 7-8 percent of students in grades 9-12 were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property each year during 1993-97. Therefore, the data present a mixed picture of school safety and indicate that further efforts are needed to improve school safety. Tables, figures, and appended summaries of school practices and policies related to safety and discipline, methodological notes, and glossary
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