The most recent data collected by the US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is from the 2017-18 school year. These data show that over 700 children were arrested in US Elementary schools during that year. More recent data will be released in 2023.
The data also show that:
- Children with disabilities were four times more likely to be arrested at school
- Black students were more than five times more likely to be arrested at school
In a 2020 study, School Resource Officers said their primary mission was to keep the school safe. However, those who worked with low-income students or students of color "defined the threat as students themselves." (Kupchick, 2020)
Read an in-depth article from CBS news here
Learn more about Civil Rights Data Collection and view data here