Bullying


Bullying

Fact Sheet

School Assaults [click here for a printer-friendly version in pdf]

A majority of violent victimizations to juveniles occur outside of school, while a majority of thefts occur in school.

In-School Compared to Out-of-School Victimizations, 1999

Type of Crime

In School

Out of School

Serious Violent*

185,600 (28%)

476,400 (72%)

Violent**

884,100 (46%)

1,058,300 (54%)

Theft

1,605,500 (61%)

1,048,200 (39%)

Total

2,489,700 (54%)

2,106,600 (46%)

* serious violent = sexual assault, rape, robbery or aggravated assault
**violent = serious violent and simple assault

The victimization rate for crime in school declined from 1993 to1999 .

National Center for Educational Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2001). Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2001.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/1scs01.htm

In-school homicides are rare.

National Center for Educational Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2001). Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 2001.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/iscs01.htm

Most schools have no serious violence in a typical year.

There has been a decline in school crime victimization rates.

Patterns of victimization at school have changed little between 1995 and 1999.

Other Rates of Victimization for a One Year Period
Students in Grades 9 through 12

1995

1996

Threatened or injured with a weapon

8.4%

7.7%

Been in a physical fight

15.5%

14.2%


National Center for Educational Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2001). Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2001.
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/iscs01.htm

However, fear of victimization in school has increased.

U.S. Department of Justice. 1998. Student’s Reports of School Crime: 1989-1995. From 1995 School Crime Supplement to the NCVS. http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/abstract/srsc.htm

Also, bullying is a problem in many schools.

National Center for Educational Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics. (2001). Indicators of School Crime and Safety 2001.

Hodges, E.V. & Perry, P. 1996. Victims of Peer Abuse. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 5(1), 23-28.