Published Online: November 21, 2005

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U.S. Agencies Report Low Rates of School Crime

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School crime rates remain low, with the number of violent incidents at schools in 2003 at about half the number recorded in 1992, concludes a study by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

School crime rates remain low, with the number of violent incidents at schools in 2003 at about half the number recorded in 1992, concludes a study by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. According to the study, which is based on several national surveys, the violent-crime victimization rate dropped from 48 incidents per 1,000 students ages 12 to 18 in 1992 to 28 incidents per 1,000 students in 2003. Nine percent of students in that age group reported being threatened or injured with a weapon while at school, and 5 percent said they had skipped school or avoided specific places in school because they feared violence.

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