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Bridges4Kids LogoThe National School Safety Center's Report on School Associated Violent Deaths
An in-house Report from the National School Safety Center (NSSC), June 2003

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National School Safety Center (NSSC)

Dr. Ronald D. Stephens, Executive Director

141 Duesenberg Drive, Suite 11

Westlake Village, CA 91362

Ph: 805/373-9977

Fax: 805/373-9277
A school-associated violent death is any homicide, suicide, or weapons-related violent death in the United States in which the fatal injury occurred:

1) on the property of a functioning public, private or parochial elementary or secondary school, Kindergarten through grade 12, (including alternative schools);

2) on the way to or from regular sessions at such a school;

3) while person was attending or was on the way to or from an official school-sponsored event;

4) as an obvious direct result of school incident/s, function/s or activities, whether on or off school bus/vehicle or school property.

* Note: Not a scientific survey. Since information is taken from newspaper clipping services, it is possible that not all such clippings have reached the NSSC.

Newspaper accounts, on which NSSC bases this report, frequently do not list names and ages of those who are charged with the deaths of others. Such omissions were in some cases because the person charged was a minor. In some instances, persons were killed in drive-by shootings, gang encounters or during melees in which the killer was not identified, and the killers were either never apprehended or were caught days or months after the crime was first reported. As a result, more is known about victims than about perpetrators and therefore information in this report relates more to victims than to perpetrators.


This report covers all reported school associated violent deaths that the National School Safety Center knows of from the 1992-1993 School year to present.  For purposes of this study, the new school year begins on August 1st.

The National School Safety Center has worked hard to make this study as accurate as possible. If you are aware of school associated violent deaths that are not reported in the study please contact us at the above address. Please include articles or references to confirm the accuracy of the account. 


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