Each year, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) presents data on crime and safety at school from the perspectives of students, teachers, and principals (link).
Here's some highlights from their latest 2011-2012 report:
- In 2011, at school nonfatal victimizations grew to about 1,246,000 incidents for students ages 12–18, including 648,600 thefts and 597,500 violent victimizations.
- During the 2009–10 school year,
- 85% of public schools recorded criminal incidents amounting to an estimated 1.9 million crimes —or 40 crimes per 1,000 public school students enrolled.
- 60% of public schools reported to the police approximately 689,000 crimes—or 15 crimes per 1,000 public school students enrolled.
- 39% of public schools (about 32,300 schools) reported taking a total of 433,800 serious disciplinary actions.
But what about the things that are happening right now?
The BJS/NCES annual report is one of the most comprehensive forensic studies of what happened over the past year as a nation. With that said, the report does not tell parents what happened today. The report also does not allow School officials to see if security changes they made last month are having an effect.
The team at School Dangers LLC is developing an online solution to fill this gap. School Dangers Incident Reporting Service allows students and parents to report incidents using a website or mobile phone application. School officials will be able to review reported incidents in real-time.