According to the latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department, there has been a crime rate drop in the nation’s schools. However, 3 percent of students ages 12 to 18 said that they experienced being victims of crimes at school in 2014. Middle school students had a higher likelihood of being bullied than elementary or high school students.
Also, the number of sexual assaults on college campuses between 2001 and 2013 more than doubled. There’s really no way to say whether those increases reflect an increase in actual forcible sex crimes or just that more people are coming forward and reporting them,” said Lauren Musu-Gillette, an author of the report.
According to Peggy G. Carr, acting NCES commissioner, the report shows overall progress. “Bullying is down, crime is down, but it’s not enough,” she said.
Prior to the release of the report, Ken Trump of the National School Safety and Security Services was concerned about false interpretation of federal statistics.
“Federal and state stats underestimate the extent of school crime, public perception tends to overstate it and reality is somewhere in between,” he said in a presentation to the Education Writers Association national conference in Boston.