School safety facts

Posted: Friday, August 11, 2000

Weapons: Between 1991 and 1997, the number of kids who carried a weapon to school fell by 28 percent - the number of those who carried a gun dropped by 25 percent. Between 1996 and 1998, expulsions for carrying guns to school dropped by a third.

Fights: Between 1991 and 1997, the number of students who got into a fight at school dropped 9 percent.

Crime: A National Center for Education Statistics study in 1997 reported that 80 percent of schools only had up to only five crimes of any kind during that school year. Only 10 percent of schools reported any serious crime at all.

Shootings: During the 1992-93 school year, there where 55 school shootings. During the 1997-98 school year, there were only 40.

Death: The majority of fatalities among children, 99 percent, happen away from school in the evenings, weekends and on vacations. Almost 13 children die because of violence every day.

-- From the National Education Association.

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