December 10, 2013
A recent survey says more students are missing school out of fear that they will be harmed, even though violent incidents at schools have declined.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than one out of 20 public and private high school students has skipped school out of fear of violence. Those most likely to take a day off are mostly females, whites and eleventh graders.
The survey suggests that memories of the Columbine High School and other high-profile school shootings still linger in kids' minds.
One-tenth of those surveyed a year ago said they were threatened with or injured by a weapon while at school in the previous year.
However, the numbers indicate that fighting and weapons in schools are both down over the past decade.