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School Crime Victimization
Q: How many youth are killed at school?
A: During the 2015-2016 school year, there were 18 youth (ages 5-18) homicide victims at school and 3 youth suicide victims.
* A school-associated violent death is defined as "a homicide, suicide, or legal intervention (involving a law enforcement officer), in which the fatal injury occurred on the campus of a functioning elementary or secondary school in the United States," while the victim was on the way to or from regular sessions at school, or while the victim was attending or traveling to or from an official school-sponsored event.
Total includes other causes of death not shown, such as legal intervention and unintentional firearm deaths.
"All ages" includes students, staff, and other nonstudents.
  • Youth ages 5-18 accounted for 60% of all school-related homicides in 2015-2016.
  • During the 1993-94 school year, homicides and suicides involving youth ages 5-18 accounted for 75% of all school-associated violent deaths; by 2015-2016, they accounted for 55%.
  • During the 2015-2016 school year, about 1% of all homicides involving youth ages 5-18 were school-related, and less than one-half of 1 percent of all suicides during this period were school-related.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/victims/qa02204.asp?qaDate=2016. Released on June 24, 2019.

Data Source: Adapted from Table 228.10: "School-associated violent deaths of all persons, homicides and suicides of youth ages 5-18 at school, and total homicides and suicides of youth ages 5-18, by type of violent death: 199293 to 201516." Prepared by the National Center for Education Statistics. Available from: https://nces.ed.gov/programs/digest/d18/tables/dt18_228.10.asp