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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2005

Indicator 14:
Students Carrying Weapons on School Property and Anywhere


Table 14.2. Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported carrying a weapon at least 1 day during the previous 30 days, by location and state: 2003
State Anywhere On school property   State Anywhere On school property
 
   United States 17.1 6.1   Missouri 16.8 5.5
     Montana 19.4 7.2
Alabama 19.9 7.4   Nebraska 16.0 5.0
Alaska 18.4 7.1   Nevada 14.9 6.3
Arizona 17.0 4.9   New Hampshire 15.2 5.8
Arkansas   New Jersey
California   New Mexico
Colorado   New York 13.5 5.2
Connecticut   North Carolina 19.2 6.3
Delaware 16.0 5.0   North Dakota 5.7
District of Columbia 25.0 10.6   Ohio 12.6 3.4
Florida 17.2 5.3   Oklahoma 21.8 8.0
Georgia 18.7 5.0   Oregon
Hawaii   Pennsylvania
Idaho 7.7   Rhode Island 12.3 5.9
Illinois   South Carolina
Indiana 17.8 6.3   South Dakota
Iowa   Tennessee 21.3 5.5
Kansas   Texas
Kentucky 18.5 7.4   Utah 15.3 5.6
Louisiana   Vermont 8.3
Maine 16.5 6.6   Virginia
Maryland   Washington
Massachusetts 13.5 5.0   West Virginia 20.7 6.6
Michigan 15.2 5.1   Wisconsin 13.2 3.2
Minnesota   Wyoming 24.6 10.1
Mississippi 20.0 5.2
— Not available.
NOTE: "On school property" was not defined for survey respondents. The term "anywhere" is not used in the YRBS questionnaire. Rather, students are simply asked during the past 30 days, on how many days they carried a weapon.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" (YRBS), 2003. Retrieved March 2005, from Youth Online: Comprehensive Results http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/yrbss/.



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