Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Expect Less Violence at Schools

Academic journal article Phi Delta Kappan

Expect Less Violence at Schools

Article excerpt

New federal data reveal less violence and less fear of violence among children in schools than in the past. According to the Indicators of School Crime and Safety report, teen reports of physical fights on school grounds, bullying at school, and carrying weapons at school all are on the decline.

Between 1992 and 2013, the total victimization rates for students age 12-18 generally declined at and away from school. For students age 12-18, the total victimization rate at school declined 70% from 181 victimizations per 1,000 students in 1992 to 55 victimizations per 1,000 students in 2013. Away from school, the rate of total victimization declined 83%, from 173 victimizations per 1,000 students to 30 victimizations per 1,000.

Meanwhile the percentage of teachers who said they were threatened or physically attacked by students, after falling during the 1990s, has increased. Threats against teachers went from 12.8% in the 1992-93 school year down to 7.4% in 2003-04 before ticking back up to 10% in 2011-12. Acts of violence by students reported against teachers went from 4.4% in 1993-94, down to 3.7% in 2004-04, and back up to 5. …

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