School Violence Down in the United States, but Still Remains a Problem
School violence is declining throughout the US as schools take steps to cut down on bullying, harassment and assaults.
The kinds of violence being committed at U.S. elementary schools, middle schools and high schools include violent assaults, as well as harassment of students because of their sexual orientation.
At colleges, crimes can be particularly violent. For example, a recent burglary at a fraternity house for the New Jersey Institute of Technology resulted in the murder of a student. The bottom line, say school safety experts, is that more needs to be done to improve security and cut down on violent crimes.
Age Matters When It Comes to School Violence
As might be expected, bullying is a bigger problem for younger students. According to the U.S. Justice Department, middle school students were more likely to be victims of bullying than high school students. Interestingly, elementary school students were less likely to be bullied than older middle school students, suggesting that some youths become more prone to bullying as they begin to go through adolescence.
As for older students who have graduated from high school and gone on to college, sexual assault is a particular problem. Lauren Musu-Gillette, one of the authors of a recent study by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Justice Department, said that the total number of sexual assaults on college campuses has more than doubled since 2001. The numbers are staggering: there were 2,200 campus sexual assaults in 2001 and more than 5,000 campus sexual assaults in 2013. Musu-Gillette said that it’s possible the higher numbers could reflect a greater willingness by sex crime victims to come forward and report the incidents to authorities and school officials.
Despite the rise in sexual assaults and other sex crimes on college campuses, the total number of crimes committed at colleges was down by eight percent in 2013.
For additional information, view the Yahoo.com article, “Government Report: Crime Dropped Overall in Nation’s Schools.”
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