Parents’ Fear for Children’s Safety at School Rises Slightly

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., U.S. parents of school-aged children are slightly more concerned about their children’s safety at school than they were in August, with the percentage saying they fear for their oldest child’s safety rising eight percentage points to 33%.

This is the highest level recorded since October 2006 when 35% were fearful. That poll was conducted just days after a deadly shooting at an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pa. [cont.]

Lydia Saad, Gallup