Overview and Summary
In the 2017-2018 school year, the 11 states of most concern accounted for 36% of all threats and 42% of all incidents, despite accounting for only 28% of the U.S. population. Nationally, there were at least 3,375 threats recorded, a 62% increase from the 2016-2017 school year. Even more alarming is the increase in actual incidents of violence. In the 2017-2018 school year, there were at least 279 incidents of violence, an increase of 113% from the 2016-2017 school year.
The increase in threats and violence in schools, along with the current movement for safer schools, makes it critical to move beyond mere speculation about the nature or frequency of threats from state to state, to an analysis of facts and data. The Educator’s School Safety Network (ESSN), a national non-profit school safety organization, has compiled the most current information on violent threats and incidents analyzed by state to determine the scope and severity of the problem.