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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2010
NCES 2011-002
November 2010


Table 14.1.

Percentage of students in grades 912 who reported carrying a weapon at least one day during the previous 30 days, by location and selected student and school characteristics: Various years, 19932009


Student or school characteristic Anywhere   On school property
1993 1995 1997 1999 2001 2003   2005   2007 2009   1993   1995   1997 1999   2001   2003   2005   2007   2009
                                                         
Total 22.1 20.0 18.3 17.3 17.4 17.1   18.5   18.0 17.5   11.8   9.8   8.5 6.9   6.4   6.1   6.5   5.9   5.6
                                                         
Sex                                                        
Male 34.3 31.1 27.7 28.6 29.3 26.9   29.8   28.5 27.1   17.9   14.3   12.5 11.0   10.2   8.9   10.2   9.0   8.0
Female 9.2 8.3 7.0 6.0 6.2 6.7   7.1   7.5 7.1   5.1   4.9   3.7 2.8   2.9   3.1   2.6   2.7   2.9
                                                         
Race/ethnicity1                                                        
White 20.6 18.9 17.0 16.4 17.9 16.7   18.7   18.2 18.6   10.9   9.0   7.8 6.4   6.1   5.5   6.1   5.3   5.6
Black 28.5 21.8 21.7 17.2 15.2 17.3   16.4   17.2 14.4   15.0   10.3   9.2 5.0   6.3   6.9   5.1   6.0   5.3
Hispanic 24.4 24.7 23.3 18.7 16.5 16.5   19.0   18.5 17.2   13.3   14.1   10.4 7.9   6.4   6.0   8.2   7.3   5.8
Asian (2) (2) (2) 13.0 10.6 11.6   7.0   7.8 8.4   (2)   (2)   (2) 6.5   7.2   6.6 ! 2.8 ! 4.1   3.6
American Indian/
   Alaska Native
34.2 32.0 26.2 21.8 31.2 29.3   25.6   20.6 20.7   17.6 ! 13.0 ! 15.9 11.6 ! 16.4   12.9   7.2   7.7   4.2
Pacific Islander/
   Native Hawaiian
(2) (2) (2) 25.3 17.4 16.3 ! 20.0 ! 25.5 20.3   (2)   (2)   (2) 9.3   10.0 ! 4.9 ! 15.4 ! 9.5 ! 9.8
Two or more races (2) (2) (2) 22.2 25.2 29.8   26.7   19.0 17.9   (2)   (2)   (2) 11.4   13.2   13.3 ! 11.9   5.0   5.8
                                                         
Grade                                                        
9th 25.5 22.6 22.6 17.6 19.8 18.0   19.9   20.1 18.0   12.6   10.7   10.2 7.2   6.7   5.3   6.4   6.0   4.9
10th 21.4 21.1 17.4 18.7 16.7 15.9   19.4   18.8 18.4   11.5   10.4   7.7 6.6   6.7   6.0   6.9   5.8   6.1
11th 21.5 20.3 18.2 16.1 16.8 18.2   17.1   16.7 16.2   11.9   10.2   9.4 7.0   6.1   6.6   5.9   5.5   5.2
12th 19.9 16.1 15.4 15.9 15.1 15.5   16.9   15.5 16.6   10.8   7.6   7.0 6.2   6.1   6.4   6.7   6.0   6.0
                                                         
Urbanicity                                                        
Urban 18.7 15.8 15.3 17.0           7.0 7.2   6.0   5.6      
Suburban 16.8 17.0 17.4 16.5           8.7 6.2   6.3   6.4      
Rural 22.3 22.3 23.0 18.9           11.2 9.6   8.3   6.3      
— Not available.
! Interpret data with caution.
1 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
2 The response categories for race/ethnicity changed in 1999 making comparisons of some categories with earlier years problematic. In 1993, 1995, and 1997, Asian students and Pacific Islander students were not categorized separately and students were not given the option of choosing two or more races.
NOTE: “On school property” was not defined for survey respondents. The term “anywhere” is not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students were simply asked on how many days they carried a weapon during the past 30 days.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), various years, 1993–2009.
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