Despite fears spawned by a series of high-profile school shootings, violent juvenile crime rates dropped last year, continuing a four-year trend, according to a Justice Department study released Nov. 23.

The Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reported that the 1998 violent juvenile crime level was the lowest since 1987, and was down 30 percent from its 1994 peak.

The study found significant decreases in all violent juvenile...

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