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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2019

NCJ Number
Date Published
July 2020
249 pages
Barbara A. Oudekerk; Ke Wang; Yongqiu Chen; Jizhi Zhang
Publication Type
Statistics, Report (Grant Sponsored), Report (Annual/Periodic)
This report presents the most recent data available (2019) on school crime and student safety, based on information drawn from a variety of data sources, including national and international surveys of students, teachers, principals, and postsecondary institutions.
The statistical indicators are under the broad categories of violent deaths; non-fatal student and teacher victimization; school environment; fights, weapons, and illegal substances; fear and avoidance; and postsecondary campus safety and security. The report addresses topics such as victimization, bullying and electronic bullying, school conditions, fights, weapons, availability and student use of drugs and alcohol, student perceptions of personal safety at school, and criminal incidents at postsecondary institutions. Indicators of crime and safety are compared across various population subgroups and over time. Data on crimes that occur in the community away from school grounds are provided where available. Preliminary data indicate there were 42 school-associated violent deaths from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. In 2018, among students ages 12-18, there were about 836,100 total victimizations (theft and non-fatal violent victimizations) at school and 410,200 victimizations away from school. During the 2017-18 school year, 35 percent of public schools (28,700 schools) took at least one serious disciplinary action for specific offenses. Of the 958 hate crimes reported on college campuses in 2017, the most common type was destruction, damage, and vandalism (437 incidents), followed by intimidation (385 incidents), and simple assault (83 incidents). Extensive tables and figures and 39 references
Date Created: July 15, 2020