Louisiana's public schools were comparatively unsafe places in the 2011-12 academic year, according to data released Tuesday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Louisiana had the highest rate of high school students reporting they got into a fight on campus: 16 percent, tied with the District of Columbia. And Louisiana had the highest rate of teachers reporting they had been threatened with injury at school: 18 percent.
The report came out the same day a student opened fire in an Oregon high school, killing one of his peers and injuring a teacher. The assailant was later found dead by authorities.
Nine percent of Louisiana high school students said they had been threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, the fifth-highest rate among 38 states and the District of Columbia. Seven percent of teachers said a student had attacked them, the seventh-worst rate.