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

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

  Schools using any serious disciplinary action   Percentage distribution of serious disciplinary actions  
Type of offense 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 device1 12,700   15.3   36,800   60.3   7.8   31.9  
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 The questionaire wording prior to 2005–06 was "use or possession of a weapon other than a firearm."
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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