This graph shows the number of students, staff, and non-student school-associated violent deaths in U.S. schools since 1992. During the 2015-2016 school year, 38 people were killed or committed suicide in an elementary, middle, or high school.
Survey time period
1992 to 2016
* A school-associated violent death is defined as “a homicide, suicide, or legal intervention (involving a law enforcement officer), in which the fatal injury occurred on the campus of a functioning elementary or secondary school in the United States” while the victim was on the way to or from regular sessions at school or while the victim was attending or traveling to or from an official school-sponsored event. Victims include students, staff members, and others who are not students, from July 1, 1992 through June 30, 2016.
“At school” includes on school property, on the way to or from regular sessions at school, and while attending or traveling to or from a school-sponsored event. Estimates were revised and may differ from previously published data.
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018
Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2018, page 142