The Larger Scope of School Violence

Sidebar to the article Preventing, Preparing for Critical Incidents in Schools by Beth Schuster

School shootings are only part of the problem of violence in schools. During the 2005–2006 school year, for example, 86 percent of public schools reported that at least one violent incident, theft or other crime occurred at their school, according to the 2007 Indicators of School Crime and Safety by the U.S. departments of Education and Justice. In 2005, students aged 12–18 were victims of approximately 1.5 million nonfatal crimes at school.[1]

In the same study, 8 percent of students in grades 9–12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon in the past 12 months. Meanwhile, 28 percent of students aged 12–18 reported having been bullied at school during the previous six months.[2] Six percent of students aged 12–18 said that they had avoided a school activity or a particular place in school during the past six months because of fear of attack or harm.[3]


[note 1] Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007, National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Department of Education, December 2007.

[note 2] Ibid.

[note 3] Ibid.

Date Created: March 23, 2009