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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2007
NCES 2008-021
December 2007

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Table 19.1.

Number and percentage of public schools that took a serious disciplinary action, number of serious actions taken, and percentage distribution of serious actions, by type of action and type of offense: School year 2005-06

  Schools using any
serious disciplinary action
  Percentage distribution
of serious disciplinary actions
Type of offense Number
of schools
of schools
of serious
5 days
or more
Removals with
no services for
remainder of
school year
Transfers to
Total 39,600 48.0 830,700   74.2 5.4 20.4
Physical attacks or fights 26,000 31.5 323,900   80.8 4.1 15.1
Insubordination 17,500 21.2 309,000   75.9 4.1! 20.0
Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol 8,400 10.2 30,100   77.0 4.5 18.5
Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs 17,200 20.8 106,800   55.6 10.2 34.2
Use or possession of a weapon other than a              
firearm or explosive device 15,900 19.3 46,600   60.0 10.8 29.2
Use or possession of a firearm or explosive device 3,700 4.5 14,300   67.8 10.9 21.2
! Interpret data with caution.
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. Serious disciplinary actions include removals with no continuing services for at least the remainder of the school year, transfers to specialized schools for disciplinary reasons, and out-of-school suspensions lasting 5 or more days, but less than the remainder of the school year. Respondents were instructed to respond only for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session, unless the survey specified otherwise. Population size is 83,200 public schools. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Estimates of number of actions and schools are rounded to the nearest 100.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2006.
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