Violence in U.S. K-12 Schools, 1974-2013: Patterns in Deadly Incidents and Mass Threat
A 2013 report from Robin Lambert for Rural School and Community Trust
This special report, first released as a special edition of Rural Policy Matters in March 2013, presents information gathered from some 700 media accounts of specific incidents of violence in schools since 1974. Among these incidents, we found 80 accounts of mass violence, claiming 155 lives. We found almost as many mass violence incidents that failed or were averted through interventions by other students, parents, and school staff. Although mass violence events capture more media attention, we found three times more deaths in one-on-one incidents. Overall, students were the most frequent perpetrators and victims of violence in schools. Only in elementary schools did adult intruders constitute a significant percentage of violent actors. These numbers corroborate other evidence that schools can significantly reduce violence by developing positive environments that engage everyone in meaningful work and help students learn to prevent, resolve, and manage conflict.
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