Is Your Child Safe at School? Take a Look at School Violence Statistics
“Our nation’s schools should be safe havens for teaching and learning free of crime and violence,” says a report published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Unfortunately, this is rarely the case nowadays.
In the 2009-2010 school year, more than 85% of public schools reported one or more crime incidents. 74% reported one or more violent crime incidents and 16% reported one or more serious violent crime incidents. In 2012, students ages 12 to 18 experienced 1.4 million non-fatal victimizations at school, including 749, 200 violent victimizations, according to a joint study conducted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics.
Is Your Child Safe? Looking at More School Violence Statistics
- According to DoSomething.org, Violent school threats have increased by 158% from 2010 to 2011.
- In 2009, 63 out of every 1,000 school-aged youth in the United States reported being victims of some sort of school violence, according to NoBullying.com.
- According to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, 18% of students ages 12–18 reported that gangs were present at their school during the school 2011 year.
- In 2013, 8.1% of children ages 9-12 reported being in a physical fight on school grounds, while33% of high school students admitted the same thing.
- 1% of children ages 9-12 admitted to skipping school one or more days because they felt unsafe, while 6% of high school students admitted skipping school for the same reasons.
- 6% of students ages 9-12 admitted to being bullied at school and 14.8% reported being the victims of cyber-bullying, while 20% of high school students admitted to also being bullied at school and more than 50% have been bullied online.
- 2% of students ages 9-12 reported carrying a weapon – gun, knife, or club – with them on school grounds, while 6.9% admitted to being threated or injured with such weapons while at school.
So, we ask you again. Is your child safe at school?
Threat Assessment is the Key to Safer Schools
Threat assessment is a proactive method designed to aid parents, teachers, and school administrators in recognizing the warning signs of school violence, and teach them what to do in the event that a potential risk arises. Defender LLC is a privately operated, woman-owned business that proudly employs veterans of the U.S. Military to provide schools the best in threat assessment training. We believe this to be the best tool in the fight against school violence.
Our system is called OA2, which stands for Observe, Assess, and Act. It’s a one-day training that is offered to all teachers and staff and whoever else they wish to involve, and the ultimate goal is to help our children as best we can before we have to involve other methods.
If you have any questions about School Violence or Threat Assessment Training, please contact Defender, L.L.C. by calling 410-381-8003. You can also like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, put us in your Google+ circle, and subscribe to our YouTube channel for even more great information.