Less Fighting, More Fear In American High Schools, Survey Finds


Vox (6/16) reports that the CDC found in its 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey that there are fewer fights but more fear at high schools. The number of fights between those high school students dropped 42 percent overall from 1991 to 2013, “so it seems that high-schoolers are better at solving their everyday squabbles without throwing punches.” Yet, “kids are increasingly scared to go to school.” Between 1993 and 2013, the percentage of high school students who stayed home from school because they feared for their safety rose from 4.4 percent to 7.1 percent. Vox adds, “Given the high profile mass shootings at schools, this isn’t all that surprising.”

        US News & World Report (6/17, Bidwell) reports in its “Data Mine” blog that fewer high school students are carrying a weapon to school since the 1990s, with 5 percent reporting they had a weapon “at least one day in the 30 leading up to the survey,” compared to nearly 12 percent in 1993, yet in the latest survey “the percentage varied greatly from state to state.”