Report: Middle schools top on violent incidents

By Mel Leonor, POLITICO

Incidents of violence and reports of bullying are more prevalent in U.S. middle schools than in high schools, according to new data from the National Center for Education Statistics.

In the 2015-16 school year, the survey found, middle schools reported 27 violent incidents per 1,000 students, compared to 16 incidents in high schools and 15 in elementary schools. As for incidents of bullying, 22 percent of middle schools reported incidents at least once a week, compared to 15 percent of high schools and 8 percent of elementary schools.

The School Survey on Crime and Safety, which includes data from 2,092 schools, explored for the first time how schools are reacting to student violence.

Two-thirds of schools reported having social and emotional learning programs for students, while a third reported using “restorative circles” and peer mediation to address student behavior.

As for the presence of law enforcement, 53 percent of schools reported having a sworn law enforcement officer or school resource officer on campus at least once a week. Among these officers, 90 percent carry a firearm, 67 percent carry a stun gun and 16 percent wear a body camera.

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