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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012


Table 13.2.

Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported having been in a physical fight during the previous 12 months, by location, number of times, and selected student characteristics: 2009


Student characteristic Anywhere     On school property  
0 times 1 to 3 times 4 to 11 times   12 or more times     0 times 1 to 3 times 4 to 11 times   12 or more times  
                           
Total 68.5 24.0 5.0   2.6     88.9 9.6 0.9   0.6  
                           
Sex                          
Male 60.7 28.4 6.9   4.0     84.9 12.8 1.2   1.0  
Female 77.1 19.1 2.8   1.0     93.3 6.0 0.5   0.2  
                           
Race/ethnicity1                          
White 72.2 22.0 3.8   1.9     91.4 7.7 0.5   0.4  
Black 58.9 29.9 7.5   3.7     82.6 14.9 1.4   1.0 !
Hispanic 63.8 26.5 6.8   3.0     86.5 11.4 1.3   0.8  
Asian 81.1 13.8 2.2   2.9     92.3 5.6 0.8 ! 1.2 !
American Indian/Alaska Native 57.6 23.3 9.6   9.6     79.3 18.9    
Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian 67.4 17.7 6.8 ! 8.0 !   85.2 9.4 3.7 !  
Two or more races 65.8 25.9 5.2   3.0     87.6 10.5 1.2 ! 0.7 !
                           
Grade                          
9th 63.0 27.9 5.7   3.5     85.1 13.1 1.1   0.7  
10th 66.5 25.3 5.5   2.6     87.9 10.6 1.0   0.5  
11th 71.4 22.0 4.4   2.2     90.5 8.0 0.9   0.6 !
12th 75.1 19.3 4.0   1.7     93.4 5.5 0.5   0.6 !
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
NOTE: "On school property" was not defined for survey respondents. The term "anywhere" was not used in the YRBS questionnaire; students were simply asked how many times in the last 12 months they had been in a physical fight. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 2009.
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