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School Violence Rate Lowest since 1992

Magazine article Techniques

School Violence Rate Lowest since 1992

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Violent crime rates in the nation's schools were unchanged between 2002 and 2003, and remained at about half those recorded in 1992. According to a report issued in November, the rate of in-school thefts declined from 95 per 1,000 students in 1992 to 45 per 1,000 in 2003.

"Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005" is the eighth in a series of annual reports issued by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics. According to the report, the proportion of students ages 12 to 18 who reported they skipped school or extracurricular activities because they were fearful decreased from seven percent in 1999 to five percent in 2003. Students are twice as likely to be victims of serious violence away from school. Among the other findings:

* The proportion of students who reported that schools lock entrance or exit doors during the day out of concern for student safety increased from 38 percent to 53 percent between 1999 and 2003. …

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