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

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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 200708


Type of offense Schools using any serious disciplinary action   Percentage distribution of serious disciplinary actions  
Number of schools   Percent of schools   Number of serious disciplinary actions   Out-of-school suspensions lasting 5 days or more   Removal with no services for remainder of school year   Transfer to specialized schools  
                         
Total 38,500   46.4   767,900   76.0   5.4   18.7  
                         
Physical attacks or fights 26,100   31.5   271,800   78.7   4.4   16.9  
Insubordination 17,800   21.4   327,100   82.2     13.1  
Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol 8,100   9.8   28,400   73.9   4.5   21.6  
Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs 16,000   19.3   98,700   55.4   9.1   35.5  
Use or possession of a firearm or explosive device 2,300   2.8   5,200   52.9   18.3   28.8  
Use or possession of a weapon other than a
  firearm or explosive device
12,700   15.3   36,800   60.3   7.8   31.9  
‡ Reporting standards not met.
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. 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, 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2008.
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