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School Violence - The facts 
  • Even before the Springfield, Ore., and Jonesboro, Ark., shootings, the majority of parents surveyed (56 percent) expressed some worry that their child would be shot.
    Source: Princeton Survey Research Associates/Newsweek in Public Agenda Online

  • Arrests of juveniles for violent crimes dropped 6 percent from 1995 to 1996, but overall juvenile arrests increased 3 percent, according to the FBI.

  • The FBI reported that 13 percent of murder victims and 14 percent of those charged with murder were under age 18.
    Source: Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report 1996, 1997

  • A recent federal study examining curfews in Chicago, Dallas, Phoenix, New Orleans, Denver, North Little Rock, Ark., and Jacksonville, Fla. found that juvenile crime declined by varying degrees in six of the seven cities. In fact, juvenile crime dropped 27 percent in New Orleans and 10 percent in Phoenix.
  • Approximately 1,000 cities and towns, including more than 75 percent of the 200 largest cities nationwide, have imposed a curfew on teens.
    Source: "Curfew: An Answer to Juvenile Delinquency and Victimization," April 1996, U.S. Department of Justice; Nunez vs. San Diego


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Dr. Ivan E. Watts, Assistant Professor
Auburn University
Department of Educational Foundations, Leadership & Technology
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Auburn University, AL 36849-5221
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