According to a recent FBI report, 10% of the hate crimes reported in 2022 took place at schools or college campuses, making them the third most frequent location for hate-motivated actions.
More than 30% of minors who are victims of hate crimes at school experience bullying
The FBI investigated incidents of hate crimes driven by prejudice at schools across the United States from 2018 to 2022. They gathered information from local, state, and federal law enforcement and discovered that over 30% of the victims were young people targeted at school. The majority of these hate crimes took place at elementary and secondary schools and were often motivated by anti-Black sentiments.
In 2018, 8.2% of reported hate crimes took place at academic institutions. This percentage decreased to 3.9% in 2020, potentially due to the shift to remote learning during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. By 2022, it is expected that 10% of reported hate crimes will occur at schools or on campuses.
A study conducted by the Anti-Defamation League revealed that during the 2023-2024 academic year, 73% of Jewish college students surveyed have encountered or observed instances of antisemitism, and the percentage of students who feel “very” or “extremely” secure physically has significantly decreased following the Hamas assaults.
Government authorities are continuing to issue alerts about a rise in hate-based assaults across the nation. In the previous year, Attorney General Merrick Garland and other officials held meetings with leaders from Jewish, Muslim, Arab, Sikh, South Asian, and Hindu communities, as well as law enforcement officials, to address the growing danger in the country.
The Department of Justice has launched a federal inquiry into the stabbing incident that occurred in a Chicago suburb last October. The attack resulted in the tragic death of 6-year-old Palestinian boy, Wadea Al-Fayoume, and injured his mother. The victims’ landlord has been arrested and charged, with allegations stating that the attack was driven by anti-Muslim sentiment. Additionally, federal agents in Vermont are looking into the shooting of three Palestinian college students in November.
The FBI’s hate crime report for last year revealed that there were 11,634 reported incidents, the largest amount recorded since data began being tracked in 1991, indicating a 0.5% rise from the previous year.