Important School Violence Statistics

While it certainly isn’t true to say that school violence is the norm and that we should live in fear of sending our kids to school, it is a part of life that we can’t ignore. School violence is shocking and terrifying no matter how few incidents there are. Even one incident of school violence is one incident too many, but statistics show that it is quite rare.

Ever since the Columbine shootings back in 1999, the news has made a point of reporting on many more incidents of violence in schools than ever before. Although it may seem like it’s happening all of the time, the incidents of school violence are fewer than before. The only difference is that it has been deemed more newsworthy in the last decade. All of the media attention that these incidents get would lead one to believe that there are all kinds of killing going on in our schools all the time now, even though the amount of such cases is quite minimal and less than ever before.

The idea of school violence and the incidents reported in the news are enough to send chills down your spine and get you and your children running scared. Being aware of school violence and trying to find ways to prevent it is important, but you need to keep things in perspective as well which is why we have compiled some school violence statistics here. These statistics will help you to get a better understanding of just how many incidents occur each year and how safe our schools really are.

The Stats

  • During the school year of 2007 to 2008 it has been reported that there were 43 violent deaths associated with schools out of the 55.6 million students which were enrolled in kindergarten to high school during that time.
  • In 2007 there were 1.5 million students, aged 12 to 18, who were the victims of non-fatal crimes in school. These crimes included things like theft, fighting, etc.  Just for the sake of comparison; there were 1.1 million students of that same age range who were victims of non-fatal crimes outside of school.
  • During the 2007 school year there were 4 percent of students who had reported being victimized in school. The students were between 12 and 18 years of age.
  • In 2007, 10 percent of male high school students and 5 percent of female high school students had reported being threatened with a weapon on school property.
  • In 2007 the reported cases of bullying amongst students aged 12 to 18 was 32 percent. The bullying consisted of things ranging from being made fun of, being excluded from activities, being threatened with injury.

So again, while ideally we would want to eliminate any incidents of school violence entirely, the instances of violence are not as common as the media may make it appear sometimes. Most schools have also implemented security measures that help make them considerably safer than ever before.