3 in 10 US parents worry about child's safety at school
Twenty-nine percent of U.S. parents say they fear for their child's safety at school. This is down from the 33 percent found immediately after the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, but still above the 25 percent measured a few months before that incident occurred. U.S. parents' fears about school safety reached a high of 55 percent in April 1999 after the Columbine High School massacre in Colorado. Parents' concern typically peaks immediately following high-profile shootings — as seen in 2001 (45 percent) after the Santana High School shooting in California, and in 2006 (35 percent) after a shooting in an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania — and then fades. The low point in parental concern (15 percent) came in August 2008.
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