This study explores delinquency related factors that have a relationship with educational outcomes for Black males. The findings suggest that reducing behaviors associated with delinquency improves academic performance across all races.
- Across all racial groups, good academic performance is related to fewer experiences with bullying, fighting, and weapon use.
- Feeling safe at school is associated with improved academic functioning, and Black students across levels of academic achievement generally feel less safe than white students.
- Black students were less likely to report being bullied or carrying a weapon, and more likely to report fighting and feeling unsafe at school.
- Schools and neighborhoods should enact policies that build connections between schools and communities to improve feelings of security.