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Contrary to what is portrayed in the media, school safety isn’t a new concern for principals and school districts. School violence has always been on a principal’s radar.

Events over the last few years, however, have raised the stakes on addressing violence in schools. The kinds of incidents that require addressing and safety measures have evolved in a terrible direction, from bullying and hallway fights to major incidents, including shootings.

In truth, overall safety in schools is better now than it has been in the last 20 years. The National Center for Education Statistics reports that nonfatal student victimization, including what the center referred to as “serious violent victimization,” dropped between 1992 and 2016, both at school and off campus.

The center reported drops in other areas of safety as well. Threats to teachers were down three percent in 2016 from those reported in the 1993-1994 school year. This was also true of other types of crime, with rates of fights without a weapon dropping in the few years between 2009 and 2016.

Fears have escalated, despite an overall drop in school violence. As incidents have morphed from fist fights to mass shootings, students, parents, and even entire communities want to know that their schools are safe. The 50th Annual PDK Poll of the Public Attitudes Toward Public Schools uncovered that only twenty-seven percent of parents of children in kindergarten through twelfth grade had strong confidence in the safety of their schools.