Schools Less Secure: On-Campus Deaths Total 48


As the school year closes, statistics show campus safety may be on the wane. With 48 school-related deaths, the 2003-2004 school year was the deadliest in years, according to National School Safety and Security Services, a Cleveland-based firm that tracks school violence. The 48 deaths during August 2003 through June 2004 equals more than the past two school years combined and more than any year in the past decade. The same period from 2002 to 2003 reported 16 violent school-related deaths, a decrease from 17 the previous year.

Such deaths include violence by students, and homicide or suicide on school property, on the way to or from school or while attending or traveling to or from a school-sponsored event.

The most current Center for Disease Control (CDC) statistics are from 2002, so it is difficult to conclude if school-related crime has swelled also. However, the CDC did report an overall decrease in school crime during the past decade.

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