Student Attacks on Teachers Up 34.5%; Record 209,800 in 2011-12 School Year

Lauretta Brown, CNS News, June 10, 2014

A record 209,800 primary and secondary school teachers reported being physically attacked by a student during the 2011-2012 school year, according to new data released Tuesday by the federal government.

That was up 34.5 percent from the previous record of 156,000 teachers who were attacked by students in the 2007-2008 school year.

The data was published in “Indicators of School Crime and Safety,” which was released yesterday by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics.

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197,400 of the teachers who were physically attacked by a student worked in public schools. 12,400 worked in private schools.

Overall, 5.8 percent of public school teachers reported being physically attacked by a student during the year, and 2.7 percent of private school teachers reported being physically attacked by a student.

Female teachers were more likely to report being attacked by a student (6.0 percent) than male teachers (3.5 percent).

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In 2011–12 SASS collected the responses of about 51,100 public school teachers and 7,100 private school teachers from across the U.S. to a questionnaire which asked teachers: “Has a student from this school ever physically attacked you?”

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