School Safety: Media Coverage vs. Reality

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Media coverage of the hazards faced in K-12 schools is vastly out of proportion with the actual risks students and teachers face, according to a recent report that looked at government data from 1998-2012.

Including the Columbine and Sandy Hook incidents, deaths from active shooter incidents average about 4 per year, according to a report written by Stephen C. Satterly Jr. On the other hand, school transportation deaths average about 35 per year. Other “hot-button” issues like gang incidents and bullying result in 2 or fewer deaths per year.

school safety stats table

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