Teacher Victimization

Teacher Victimization

Background of crime victimization and some of the factors which lead to crime in schools and collegiate campuses:

Teacher Victimization: Teachers experience a variety of criminal acts throughout the school year. These indignities range from rare offenses, such as rape and assault, to more frequent experiences of verbal abuse. In a typical month, teachers endure physical attacks, robberies, thefts of $1 or more, and swearing and obscene gestures. It is estimated that each month, 6,000 teachers have at least one robbery; 128,000 have had something stolen from them worth more than a dollar; 5,200 are physically attacked. Also, 48% of the teachers report that students swore at them and made obscene gestures, and 12% report that a student threatened to harm them. An equal percent (50/50) reported they hesitated to confront misbehaving students for fear of their own safety. MdDermott & Hindelang conducted a survey in the late 1970?s in 28 cities. According to them, about 8% of the 3.3 million victimizations reported in a 1 year period occurred in school, and about 8% of these were victimizations of teachers or school administrators. Most of these crimes involve theft (larceny w/o

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