Report shows assaults on students and teachers are a continuing problem

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) released a report on the most recent survey and other data available on school crime. Some of the key findings of Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013, as stated in the report:

  • Over all available survey years, the percentage of youth homicides occurring at school
    remained at less than 2 percent of the total number of youth homicides.
  • Following nearly two decades of steady decline, the total nonfatal victimization [theft and
    violence] rate at school was higher in 2012 than in 2010 for students ages 12-18 (52 vs.
    35 victimizations per 1,000 students).
  • During the 2011-12 school year, 9 percent of school teachers [in the Schools and Staffing
    Survey (SASS)] reported being threatened with injury by a student from their school.
  • The percentage of teachers reporting [in the SASS] that they had been physically attacked by
    a student from their school in 2011-12 (5 percent) was higher than in any previous survey year
    (ranging from 3 to 4 percent).

The report also provides information on security measures being taken by schools. For example, the report found that: “In the 2009-10 school year, 43 percent of public schools reported the presence of one or more security staff at their school at least once a week during the school year.”