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Federal Data Show Decreasing Rates of Bullying and Violence in Schools

bullying school 480New federal data published by the Departments of Education and Justice show that 20% of students ages 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school during the 2016-17 school year, the lowest since the federal government began collecting the information in 2005. The percentage of public schools that reported that student bullying occurred at least once a week also decreased, from 29% in the 1999-2000 school year to 12% in the 2015-16 school year.

Moreover, the percentage of students in grades nine through 12 who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property during the previous 12 months decreased from 9% in the 2000-01 school year to 6% in 2016-17 school year.

At the same time, K-12 schools have been increasingly securing their campuses.

The percentage of schools using security cameras, for example, increased from 19% in the 1999-2000 school year to 81% in the 2015-16 school year. Similarly, the percentage of schools controlling access to school buildings, such as locked entrance and exit doors, increased from 75% to 94% during the same time period.

During the 2016-17 school year, 99% of students ages 12 to 18 reported that they observed the use of at least one of the selected safety and security measures at their schools.

Excerpted from “Federal Data Show Decreasing Rates of Bullying and Violence in Schools” in U.S. News & World Report online. Read the full article. The report, Indicators of School Crime and Safety, is available from the National Center on Education Statistics.

Source: U.S. News & World Report | Federal Data Show Decreasing Rates of Bullying and Violence in Schools, https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/2019-04-17/20-years-after-columbine-shooting-federal-data-show-bullying-violence-and-crime-in-schools-is-down | © 2019 U.S. News & World Report LP

Check out these articles about bullying in library resources. Educators, see Bullying Resources from the California State Department of Education for guidance and helpful downloadable materials.

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