Poll: Students’ School Safety Concerns On the Rise

The poll was conducted through phone interviews with parents of K-12 students.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. – A new Gallup poll found that more students fear for their physical safety in schools today than they have at any point since 2001.

Overall, 13% of K-12 students in the country were reported to be concerned for their safety in schools.

The poll also measured parental safety concerns and found 28% of parents are concerned for their children’s safety in school. That figure has remained largely constant since 2009 outside of a brief spike after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

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In addition to safety concerns from 13% of students overall, 11% of public school students were reported to have expressed school safety fears to their parents. That’s almost double the percent of private school students who expressed fear (6%).

The Gallup poll was conducted through telephone interviews Aug. 3-7 with 254 random parents, reports upi.com. The margin of sampling error is eight percentage points at the 95% confidence level.

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