School Deaths

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There were 105 school-associated deaths from 1992 to 1994, with victims ranging in age from 4 to 62. The following breakdown lists characteristics of the fatalities:

Characteristic Number
Type of fatality:
Homicide 85
Suicide 20
Time of fatality:
During school activities 46
Before or after official activities 46
Day with no classes or activities 8
Unknown or other 5
Location of fatality:
Elementary school 31
Secondary school 74
On campus 68
Off campus 37
Type of community:
Urban 63
Suburban 32
Rural 10
Method of injury:
Firearm 81
Knife/other blade 18
Rope 5
No weapon 1
Motive (more than one may apply):
Interpersonal dispute 35
Gang-related activities 33
Random victim 19
Suicide 19
Dispute over relationship 12
Robbery/attempted robbery 10
Dispute over money/property 7
Drug-related activities 6
Unintentional 5

SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Vol. 15, Issue 39

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