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


Table 19.3.

Percentage of public schools that took a serious disciplinary action and number of serious actions taken, by type of offense: Various school years, 1999–2000 through 2009–10


Type of offense Percent of schools   Number of serious disciplinary actions  
1999–2000 2003–04 2005–06 2007–08 2009–10   1999–2000   2003–04   2005–06   2007–08   2009–10  
Total 54.0 45.7 48.0 46.4   1,162,600   655,700   830,700   767,900    
Physical attacks or fights 35.4 32.0 31.5 31.5 29.0   332,500   273,500   323,900   271,800   265,100  
Insubordination 18.3 21.6 21.2 21.4   253,500   220,400   309,000   327,100    
Distribution, possession, or
   use of alcohol
9.2 10.2 9.8 9.2     25,500   30,100   28,400   28,700  
Distribution, possession, or
   use of illegal drugs
21.2 20.8 19.3 19.5     91,100   106,800   98,700   105,400  
Use or possession of a
   firearm or explosive device
3.9 4.5 2.8 3.0     9,900 ! 14,300   5,200   5,800  
Use or possession of a
   weapon other than a
   firearm or explosive device1
16.8 19.3 15.3 13.5     35,400   46,600   36,800   28,800  
— Not available.    
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.    
1 The questionnaire 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. The total for 2009–10 is not available as the SSOCS questionnaire was redesigned in 2009–10 and excluded insubordination. The totals prior to 2009–10 include insubordination. Detail may not sum to total because schools could report more than one type of offense, but were only counted once in the total. Estimates of number of actions are rounded to the nearest 100.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 1999–2000, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2007–08, and 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2010.
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