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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2012
NCES 2013-036
2013


Table 14.2.

Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported carrying a weapon during the previous 30 days, by location, number of days, and selected student characteristics: 2011


Student characteristic Anywhere     On school property  
0 days   1 day   2 to 5 days   6 or more days     0 days   1 day   2 to 5 days   6 or more days  
Total 83.4   3.5   5.6   7.5     94.6   1.6   1.4   2.4  
                                   
Sex                                  
Male 74.1   4.8   8.5   12.6     91.8   2.5   2.1   3.7  
Female 93.2   2.1   2.6   2.2     97.7   0.7   0.6   1.0  
                                   
Race/ethnicity1                                  
White 83.0   3.2   5.9   8.0     94.9   1.6   1.3   2.3  
Black 85.8   3.1   5.2   6.0     95.4   1.7   1.2   1.6  
Hispanic 83.8   4.4   5.2   6.7     94.2   1.4   2.0   2.4  
Asian 90.9   1.9   1.8 ! 5.4     95.7        
American Indian/Alaska Native 72.4   5.3   12.1   10.2     92.5   2.7   3.2 ! 1.6  
Pacific Islander/Native Hawaiian 79.3   3.0 ! 7.6 ! 10.1 !   89.1   6.5 !   4.4 !
Two or more races 76.3   5.6   7.1   10.9     92.5   1.6 ! 1.2 ! 4.7 !
                                   
Grade                                  
9th 82.7   4.3   6.5   6.5     95.2   1.8   1.3   1.8  
10th 83.4   3.2   5.7   7.7     93.9   1.9   1.7   2.4  
11th 83.8   3.3   5.5   7.5     95.3   1.3   1.2   2.2  
12th 84.2   3.0   4.6   8.1     94.4   1.4   1.3   2.9  
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the CV is 50 percent or greater.
1 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
NOTE: The term "anywhere" is not used in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questionnaire; students are simply asked how many days they carried a weapon during the past 30 days. In the question that asks students about carrying a weapon at school, "on school propert" was not defined for survey respondents. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 2011.
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