Lethal Violence in Schools
Teenagers say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.
- 87 percent said shootings are motivated by a desire to "get back at those who have hurt them."
- 86 percent said "other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them" causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.
- 61 percent said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.
- 54 percent said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence at school.
- 61 percent of the respondents said they know students who could bring a gun to school if they wanted to.
- 24 percent of students say they could "easily get a gun if I wanted to."
- 37 percent of respondents said there are "kids at my school who I think might shoot someone."
- 20 percent of respondents have heard rumors that another student plans to shoot someone, and 20 percent have also overheard another student actually talking about shooting someone at school.
- 8 percent of respondents said they have thought about shooting someone at school.
- 10 percent of the students said they have thought about how to shoot someone at school.
Students say their schools are not safe.
- More than a quarter of the respondents said there schools are only "somewhat" safe, or not at all safe.
- 75 percent of the respondents were concerned about a shooting taking place in their schools.
- Students consider rural schools to be most dangerous, suburban schools the safest.
- If students do tell anyone, they are most likely to tell a teacher, least likely to confide in a coach.
- 23 percent said teachers should care more about their students.
- 12 percent said teachers should intervene to stop bullying, and take a more active role in their students' lives.
- 12 percent said teachers should listen more and pay more attention to their students.
- The 12 percent of the students who are inclined toward violence were twice as likely to say that nothing can be done to stop shootings.
- Students who are considered the most dangerous (2.6 percent of the sample) are even more likely (two in five) to say there is nothing that can be done to stop the violence.