(CNSNews.com) – In the 2015-2016 school year, 1,049,200 “serious offenses” were reported in the nation’s 96,360 public schools in 17,337 school districts, covering 50.6 million students, the U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights reported on Tuesday.
Ninety-four percent of those serious offenses (990,600) involved physical attacks or threats of physical attack without a weapon. Two percent (22,000) involved physical attacks or threats of physical attack with some type of weapon.
Other “serious offenses” included in the 1,049,200 total were robbery, sexual assault, rape, and weapons possession (see list below).
For the first time in 2015-1016, the Education Department’s Civil Rights Data Collection required schools to report school-related shootings and school-related homicides.
The survey says nearly 240 schools (0.2 percent of all schools) reported at least one incident involving a school-related shooting; and around 100 schools (0.1 percent of all schools) reported a school-related homicide involving a student, faculty member, or staff member.
About 1 of every 100,000 students was enrolled in a school that reported a school-related shooting or school-related homicide during the 2015–16 school year.
(The total number of school-related shootings or the total number of school-related homicides are not reported. The data reflect the number of schools that
had at least one incident of a school-related shooting or school-related homicide.)
Here’s the number and type of serious offenses reported in 2015-2016:
Physical attack or fight without a weapon: 789,800
Threats of physical attack without a weapon: 200,800
Robbery without a weapon: 22,900
Physical attack or fight with a weapon: 11,900
Threats of physical attack with a weapon; 10,100
Sexual assault (other than rape): 10,100
Possession of a firearm or explosive device: 5,700
Threats of physical attack with a firearm or explosive device: 3,500
Physical attack or fight with a firearm or explosive device: 2,200
Rape or attempted rape: 1,100
Robbery with a weapon: 640
Robbery with a firearm or explosive device: 560
Other findings from the 2015-2016 Civil Rights Data Collection:
— During the 2015–16 school year, 291,100 students were referred to law enforcement agencies or arrested.
— Approximately 82,800 of the 291,100 total students referred to law enforcement or arrested were students with disabilities.
— Black students represented 15 percent of the total student enrollment, and 31 percent of students who were referred to law enforcement or arrested – a 16 percentage point disparity. White students represented 49 percent of the total student enrollment, and accounted for 36 percent of those referred to law enforcement or arrested.
— Males represented 51 percent of all enrolled students, and 69 percent of those who received a referral to law enforcement or were arrested during the 2015-16 school year.
— Overall, approximately 135,600 individual allegations of harassment or bullying on the basis of sex, race, sexual orientation, disability, or religion were reported during the 2015-16 school year.
— About 2.7 million (5 to 6 percent) of all K-12 students received one or more out-of-school suspensions during the 2015-16 school year.
— Approximately 120,700 students (about 0.2 percent of the total number of students enrolled) were expelled, with or without educational services.
The report, found here, breaks down most of the categories mentioned above by race.