There is a serious issue with violence in a typical school of students

  • In a 2007 nationwide survey, 36% of high school students reported being in a physical fight during the past 12 months
  • Nearly 6% of high school students in 2007 reported taking a gun, knife, or club to school in the 30 days before the survey
  • 27.1% of students reported having property stolen or deliberately damaged on school property.
  • 5.5% did not go to school on one or more days in the 30 days preceding the survey because they felt unsafe at school or on their way to or from school.
  • 7.8% reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property one or more times in the 12 months preceding the survey
  • During the past seven years, 116 students were killed in 109 separate incidents—an average of 16.5 student homicides each year
  • From 1999 to 2006, most school-associated homicides included gunshot wounds (65%), stabbing or cutting (27%), and beating (12%)