School administrators, security officials, educators and community members tend to think that exceptional instances of crime and violence at schools are a phenomenon confined to certain geographic areas, socio-economic levels, and ages. While this kind of perspective is understandable, data dispels this notion completely.
A recently-published study, titled: “Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2016” as well as a wealth of additional data sheds concern-raising light on the scope, severity and spread of school violence.
Let’s take weapons as an example: It turns out that kids bring weapons to schools as a matter of routine (on the average, almost daily during the academic year). And although we tend to hear only about cases that end up with casualties, the reality is that every year, thousands of schools take disciplinary action against students for bringing or using weapons at school.
Even age is no longer an indication of immunity to weapons in schools. Kids as young as four and as old as 21 bring weapons to school, although the most “active” age for this kind of threat is between 12 and 18.
Gun violence incidents at schools take place across the country, from Lecanto, Florida, to Augusta, Georgia; Marysville, Washington; Roswell, New Mexico; Sparks, Nevada; and Taft, California, to name but a few. Each year, more than 1,000 college students are arrested on weapon-related charges.
Of course, gun-related violence is by no means the only challenge; threats span from natural disasters and terrorist threats, to bullying. Here are a few additional statistics:
The bottom line: no school and no grade is immune to the threat of violence.
It is, perhaps, noteworthy that the name of the organization that carried out one of the studies is “Everytownresearch.org”. They know.
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