The psychologically disturbing nature of school shootings causes them to stick in people’s minds and falsely present themselves as a trend, they say.
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A year after the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook elementary in Newtown, Connecticut took the lives of 27 children, concerns about escalating school violence remain unfounded.
In fact, violence in schools — like all violence — has fallen dramatically in the past two decades, and remains low by historical standards.
Recently released data from the Departments of Education and Justice found that violence in schools is not increasing. While the number of school shooting deaths varies each year, homicides at school account for just 2 percent of total youth homicides. And school suicides constitute just 1 percent of all youth suicides.