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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2009
NCES 2010-012
December 2009

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Table 7.2.

Percentage of public schools reporting selected discipline problems that occurred at school, by frequency: Various school years, 1999–2000 through 2007–08


Frequency and discipline problem   1999–2000 2003–04 2005–06 2007–08
           
Happens at least once a week1          
Student racial/ethnic tensions2   3.4 2.1 2.8 3.7
Student bullying   29.3 26.8 24.5 25.3
Student sexual harassment of other students   4.0 3.5 3.0
Student verbal abuse of teachers   12.5 10.7 9.5 6.0
Student acts of disrespect for teachers other than verbal abuse3   19.4 19.5 18.3 10.5
Widespread disorder in the classrooms   3.1 2.8 2.3 4.0
           
Happens at all4          
Gang activities   18.7 16.7 16.9 19.8
Cult or extremist group activities   6.7 3.4 3.7 2.6
— Not available.
1 Includes schools that reported the activity happens either at least once a week or daily.
2 Prior to the 2007–08 survey administration, the questionnaire wording was “student racial tensions.”
3 Prior to the 2007–08 survey administration, the questionnaire did not specify “other than verbal abuse.” Caution should be used making direct comparisons with earlier survey years.
4 Includes schools that reported the activity has happened at all at their school during the school year. In the 1999–2000 survey administration, the questionnaire specified “undesirable” gang activities and “undesirable” cult or extremist group activities.
NOTE: Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. “At school” was defined for respondents to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to respond for only those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session, unless the survey specified otherwise.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2005–06, and 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000, 2004, 2006, and 2008.
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