Despite the recent occurrence of high-profile events, single-victim school associated violent death rates have declined, and multiple-victim rates have remained stable according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Results show total and single-victim school associated student homicide rates decreased significantly (from .07 to .03) during the 14 year period from July 1, 1992 to June 30, 2006. However, the rates for total and single-victim student school associated homicides between July 1, 1999 and June 1, 2006 remained relatively stable.
While the quest for preventing the problem of targeted school violence is of critical importance, these findings show that schools remain safe places for students. In fact, the vast majority of children and youth homicides occur outside school hours and property.
For your information, a copy of the MMWR article and press release is attached. For more information on CDC's efforts to prevent youth violence please visit: http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/dvp/YVP/default.htm