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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.

Number of school-associated* violent deaths, 1992-93 to 2015-16

School year Total
(all ages)
Homicides
(all ages)
Suicides
(all ages)
Homicides
(youth ages 5-18)
Suicides
(youth ages 5-18)
1992-1993 57 47 10 34 6
1993-1994 48 38 10 29 7
1994-1995 48 39 8 28 7
1995-1996 53 46 6 32 6
1996-1997 48 45 2 28 1
1997-1998 57 47 9 34 6
1998-1999 47 38 6 33 4
1999-2000 37 26 11 14 8
2000-2001 34 26 7 14 6
2001-2002 36 27 8 16 5
2002-2003 36 25 11 18 10
2003-2004 45 37 7 23 5
2004-2005 52 40 10 22 8
2005-2006 44 37 6 21 3
2006-2007 63 48 13 32 9
2007-2008 48 39 7 21 5
2008-2009 44 29 15 18 7
2009-2010 35 27 5 19 2
2010-2011 32 26 6 11 3
2011-2012 45 26 14 15 5
2012-2013 53 41 11 31 6
2013-2014 48 26 20 12 8
2014-2015 47 28 17 20 9
2015-2016 38 30 7 18 3

* 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