School Safety by the Numbers
High-profile incidents of violence at American K-12 schools have raised concerns about the safety of students. Data from the U.S. Department of Education and the Bureau of Justice Statistics show several important trends about school violence and school safety, including:
- School crime rates are decreasing. Nationally, school crime rates have decreased since the early 1990s. Though violent crime against students increased from 2010 to 2013, the student victimization rate declined 70% between 1992 and 2013.
- School shootings are rare. Today’s students are less likely to be threatened or injured with a weapon at school, including a gun, than they were 10 years ago. Since 1992, the percentage of youth homicides occurring at school has remained at less than 3% of the total number of youth homicides.
- Officials are more concerned about shootings today. Nearly 100% of schools serving 12- to 18-year-olds use at least one safety or security measure. More than 90% of schools have visitor sign-in requirements, and almost 80% of schools have locked doors or security cameras.