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New data from the FBI shows that as much as 10% of all hate crimes in 2022 happened in schools, making them the third most common place or hate crimes to occur.
A special report from the FBI found that hate crimes in schools nearly doubled between 2018 and 2022, going from 700 reports at schools and colleges in 2018 to 1,336 reports in 2022. Anti-Black hate crimes were by far the most common reported, followed by antisemitic and anti-LGBTQ hate crimes. According to CBS News, more than 30% of hate crime victims under age 18 are targeted at school.
The New York Times notes that the increasing politicization of America's schools may be in part behind the rise, thanks to an increase in reporting based on heightened awareness. After George Floyd was murdered by police in 2020, the Black Lives Matter and anti-police violence movements both gained widespread support, and sparked intense backlash. Since then, politicians have targeted inclusive lesson plans in schools, banning certain mentions of race, gender, and sexuality in classrooms. Currently, 18 states have banned teaching Critical Race Theory in schools — a vague target at what teachers are and aren't allowed to say about race and systemic racism.
This report considers data only through 2022, which doesn't account for an increase in hate crimes targeting Jewish and Arab students following the October 7 Hamas attack against Israel and the ensuing war in Gaza. Since the start of the war, there's been a rise in both antisemitism and Islamophobia on college campuses, reports say. And, The Hill reports that there's been a big increase in hate crimes in general since October 7. That increase follows what FBI Director Christopher Wray called an “already escalating” amount of hate crimes and “historic” levels of antisemitism.
Originally Appeared on Teen Vogue