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School Violence and Disruption

Concerns over school violence in the United States date from the late 1970s, with the issuance of the 1978 report, Violent Schools—Safe Schools: The Safe School Study Report to Congress. That report found that (a) about 25% of U.S. schools experienced vandalism, (b) 1.3% of students were victims of personal attack, (c) 11% of students were victims of theft, and (d) 8% of secondary students missed a day of school per month out of fear for personal safety. Widespread dissemination of these statistics led to increased public and policymaker focus on school violence. A subsequent federal report in 1984, Disorder in Our Public Schools, cited continuing problems with school disorder nationally, leading to the passage of the Safe and Drug-Free Schools Act of 1986. ...

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