Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2008

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National Center for Education Statistics and U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics

Designed to inform policymakers about school safety, this annual report details the scope of school violence.

Among the key findings: In the 2006-07 school year there were 35 student deaths at school, either from homicide or suicide. In 2006, about 1.7 million 12- to 18-year-olds were victims of nonfatal crimes (such as theft or assault) at school. That means that more people in that age group were the victims of theft at school than away from school. The report shows that more teachers in urban and secondary schools were the victims of threats than in rural and elementary schools.

Researchers used national surveys of students, teachers and principals, as well as other surveys measuring school crime. Free, 169 pages. (202) 502-7452,