Before uproar gets louder, let’s note that rate of school violence has actually fallen

Susan Fiorello (Letters, Oct. 26) believes that “teen violence is out of control” because “kids are bombarded by violence in TV, movies, and video games” and corporations are making “millions of dollars shoving violence down our kids’ throats.” She writes, “When I was in school, there was never a thought of harming a teacher or fellow student.”

If Fiorello were to consult the US Department of Education’s Digest of Education Statistics or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Indicators of School Crime and Safety, she would learn that school violence has declined over the last 20 years. For example, the rate of school-associated student homicides was .07 per 100,000 in 1992-3 and .03 per 100,000 in 2004-5.


Since her premise is false, her indictment of greedy corporations must be dismissed.

Grant W. Schaumburg Jr.


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