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Friday, May 12, 2006

Safer schools

Massive gun attacks at American high schools have instilled fear within us all, but schools are actually safer today, according to an report in March.

The report states that:
* In the most recently reported federal data, there were 17 recent homicides and five suicides at schools, less than 1 per million students enrolled
* The number of school-associated violent deaths has decreased by 40 percent in a decade, from 43 to 26 last year, in a population of 52 million students
* The violent crime victimization rate at schools declined from 48 to 28 per 1,000 students over the past decade
* Reports of physical fights fell 14 percent and reports of students injured in fights dropped 20 percent in the past decade
The decreasing rates stem from the efforts educators have made to reduce violence by expelling violent students through “zero tolerance” policies and encouraging students to report violent activities, which helps schools identify threats and reduce violence.