Schools are third-highest site for hate crimes: FBI

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Schools are the third-highest location for hate crimes in the U.S., with up to 10% of all hate crimes reported in 2022 occurring in schools across the country, according to a new report released by the FBI on Monday.

The report found that high schools — which consist of preschool through 12th grade — saw the greatest amount of hate crimes from 2018 to 2022.

In 2022, more than 1,300 hate crimes were reported at schools and universities — 890 of which occurred at high schools that year, the FBI found.

“During these five years, more than 30% of juvenile victims of hate crimes were exposed to the crime at school, and approximately 36% of juvenile offenders committed the crime at school,” the report said.

The FBI found that hate crimes at school followed hate crimes committed at home and on the road.

Hate crimes in schools saw an increase in 2022 — the most recent year of data obtained by the FBI.

The rise in 2022 is notable compared to the past two years when the COVID-19 pandemic forced many students to leave traditional learning settings such as schools and college campuses. There was also a decline from 2019 to 2020 when the pandemic happened. The 3.9% decrease in reported hate crimes from 2019 to 2020 “may have been due to pandemic-related stay-at-home orders that caused schools to shift from in-person classes to online learning,” the FBI noted in its report.

When reporters asked Monday about the pandemic’s impact on hate crime data, FBI officials did not answer.

There’s a more common time of year for hate crimes in schools, according to the FBI.

“The most common quarter of reported incidents of hate crimes in schools during the entire five-year period from 2018 to 2022 was October to December, with nearly a third (32.7 percent) of crimes reported in this quarter,” the report said.

During the five-year period, the FBI found that October saw four hate crimes per day in schools across the country.

Hate crimes against blacks or African Americans were the highest with 1,690 crimes occurring in schools over the five-year period, followed by hate crimes against Jews, which saw 745, and crimes against gay people, which saw 741, according to the FBI. .

In 2022, there were more hate crimes than in previous years in the FBI’s five-year review. The FBI found that there were 11,643 hate crime incidents involving 13,346 related crimes reported in 2022. The FBI defines an “incident” as one or more crimes committed by the same offender, or a group of criminals working together at the same time and location — so, “the incident may involve more than one crime,” the FBI wrote in the report.

While 2022 had the highest number of reported hate crimes, 2020 wasn’t far behind at 12,895, and 2021 had 12,470, according to the FBI. Nearly 5,000 more hate crimes were reported in 2022 than in 2018, the FBI report said.

Intimidation was the largest form of hate crime, according to the FBI, followed by vandalism and simple assault.

On the call with reporters, the FBI said it wanted the report to “draw attention to the data,” and said state and local law enforcement were best placed to provide resources to schools — not the FBI.

This article originally appeared on abcnews.go.com

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