11 Facts About School Violence

1. In 2011, 20% of high school students were bullied at school, and 33% reported being involved in a physical fight in the last year.

2. In one month, nearly 6% of high schoolers stayed home because they felt unsafe at or on their way to school.

3. More than 7% of 9th through 12th graders reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property at least once in the last year. An additional 6% admitted to bringing a weapon to school for protection.

4. In 2010 there were more than 800,000 nonfatal school victimizations of children and teens ages 12 to 18. Almost 500,000 of these occurrences were thefts.

5. Risk factors for youth violence include violent histories, drug or alcohol use, poverty in the community, poor grades, association with troubled peers, and troublesome homelife.

6. Students aren’t the only ones in danger of school violence. Almost 7% of teachers reported being threatened or physically injured by a student from their school.

7. Only 39% of schools in the 2009-2010 school year took serious disciplinary action against a student for special offenses. Actions included out-of-school suspension, expulsion, or transfer to a specialty school.

8. In the U.S., 33 school-associated violent deaths occurred in the 2009-2010 school year including homicides, suicides, and legal interventions. 18 of these occurred on school property.

9. Youth and school violence can lead to depression, alcohol and drug use, suicide, anxiety, and fear.

10. In recent years, assault by weapon, cases of intimidation and bullying, and alcohol possession have all more than doubled on school properties.

11. Drug possessions at school more than doubled from 2005 to 2011. Teachers confirm that violence may not be spiking, but records are being kept much more accurately than in the past.