Communications 1999

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School Safety Facts

  1. Schools in the U.S. during the 1995-96 school year
  2. Public Schools  

    #

    Enrolled

      Elementary

    61,165

    32,341,000

      Secondary

    20,997

    12,500,000

      Combined

    2,796

     
      Other

    2,167

     

    Total

     

    87,125

    44,841,000

    Private Schools      
      Elementary  

    4,427,000

      Secondary  

    1,260,000

    Total

       

    5,687,000

    Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1998
                   
    Section 4: Education (Tables 255 and 270)

  3. Deaths on school grounds (includes children and adults, killings and suicides)
  4. School Year # of Deaths

    1992-93

    55

    1993-94

    51

    1994-95

    20

    1995-96

    35

    1996-97

    25

    1997-98

    40

    Source: the National Center for Education Statistics' Violence and Discipline Problems in U.S. Public Schools, quoted in School House Hype: School shootings and the real risks kids face in America.

  5. Deaths on school property during the combined 1992-93/1993-94 school years
    1. 76 students died.
  • 63 murders
  • 13 suicides
    1. 29 non-students died.
    2. Of the 105 deaths
  • 87 were male
  • 18 were female

Source: Indicators of School Crime and Safety, 1998 (U.S. Departments of Education and Justice)

  1. Children aged 5-19 murdered in the U.S.
  2.     # of murders # of murderers identified by age # of murderers under 18
    1995

    Total

    2,428

    1,265

    304

     

    male

    1,735

       
     

    female

    693

       
    1996

    Total

    1,960

    1,053

    252

     

    male

    1,385

       
     

    female

    572

       
     

    unknown

    3

       
    1997

    Total

    1,733

    941

    207

     

    male

    1,220

       
     

    female

    512

       
     

    unknown

    1

       

    Source: the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, 1995-97

  3. Children aged 5-19 who committed suicide in the U.S.
  4. Year

    #

    1992

    2,161

    1993

    2,205

    1994

    2,270

    1995

    2,227

    Source: Statistical Abstract of the United States, 1998
                   
    Section 2: Vital Statistics
                                        Table #150: Suicides by Race, Age and Method: 1980 to 1995

  5. According to the authors of School House Hype: School shootings and the real risks kids face in America

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