In the U.S., 28% of parents of school-aged children express concern for their child’s physical safety at school, while 13% say their children have expressed fear about feeling unsafe at school.
I know parents in California who have pulled their kids out of the government schools for just these reasons.
U.S. parents’ concern for their children’s physical safety at school has held steady this year at 28%. Parents’ fears most recently edged up to 33% in 2012 and 2013 after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012. Since then, the percentage of parents who fear for their children’s safety has returned to the levels seen from 2009 to mid-2012.
Gallup’s 18-year trend documents spikes in parents’ concern about school safety after major incidents of gun violence at schools, including the April 1999 Columbine massacre (55%) and the March 2001 shooting at Santana High (45%), and an uptick after the December 2012 Newtown shooting (33%).