DOJ report tracks violence, crimes, drugs in schools

2014-06-10T09:06:00Z DOJ report tracks violence, crimes, drugs in schoolsPatrick McNamara Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A new report from the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics shows the rate of nonfatal crime victimizations of children in and out of schools has risen slightly since 2010.

The report, titled "Indicators Of School Crime And Safety, 2013," notes the rate of nonfatal victimization of students ages 12 to 18 at school grew from 35 victimizations per 1,000 students in 2010 to 52 per 1,000 in 2012.

The report shows, however, that victimization rates were down when viewed in the longer term. 

Between 1992 and 2012, the rate of victimizations at school per 1,000 students fell from 181 to 52. Away from school, victimization rates also declined, from 173 per 1,000 students in 1992 to 38 per 1,000 in 2012. 

A few Arizona-specific stats: 35 percent of public school students in grades 9 through 12 in the state said illegal drugs were available on school property in 2011. That was the highest rate of reported illegal drug availability, tied with New Mexico. Iowa had the lowest rate of availability with 12 percent of students saying drugs were accessible. The average was 24 percent.

About 44 percent of Arizona and Louisiana students grades 9 through 12 reported having drank alcohol at some point in the previous 30 days. Only 15 percent of students in Utah reported the same. The average was 39 percent.

Read the report here.

Contact reporter Patrick McNamara at 573-4241 or pmcnamara@azstarnet.com. On Twitter @pm929.

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