Read a summary of “Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2006,” posted by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.
The rate of violent crimes that occurred at public schools during the 2004-05 school year fell from a year earlier, according to a report by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.
In 2003-04, the reported incidence of rape, other sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault was six victimizations per 1,000 students. In 2004-05, that figure fell to four victimizations per 1,000 students. However, reports of gangs at schools were up 3 percent from one year to the next. Reports of students’ fighting at school, carrying a weapon, and drinking alcohol stayed about the same over that time period.
A version of this article appeared in the December 13, 2006 edition of Education Week