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Table 191. Percentage of public schools recording crime incidents that occurred at school, by type of incident, number of incidents, and selected school characteristics: 2009–10
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Selected school characteristic Violent incidents1 Serious violent incidents2 Theft/lar-
ceny3 (at least one)
Other4 (at least one)
At least one Number of incidents At least one Number of incidents
None 1 or 2 3 to 9 10 to 19 20 or more None 1 or 2 3 to 9 10 or more
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Total 73.8 (1.07) 26.2 (1.07) 7.6   (0.64) 29.0 (1.03) 17.8 (0.81) 19.4 (0.79) 16.4 (0.94) 83.6 (0.94) 10.9 (0.76) 4.0   (0.49) 1.5   (0.31) 44.1 (1.31) 68.1 (1.12)
School level5                                                          
Primary 64.4 (1.63) 35.6 (1.63) 7.6   (1.09) 31.5 (1.72) 13.8 (1.29) 11.4 (1.11) 13.0 (1.42) 87.0 (1.42) 8.6 (1.16) 3.5   (0.82) 0.9 ! (0.30) 25.7 (1.82) 57.3 (1.72)
Middle 90.5 (1.10) 9.5 (1.10) 6.0   (0.86) 25.8 (1.48) 24.4 (1.32) 34.3 (1.36) 18.9 (1.46) 81.1 (1.46) 13.1 (1.14) 3.9   (0.66) 1.9   (0.41) 65.2 (1.48) 81.9 (1.25)
High 90.9 (1.21) 9.1 (1.21) 8.4   (1.01) 22.7 (1.47) 25.1 (1.47) 34.8 (1.47) 27.6 (1.35) 72.4 (1.35) 16.3 (1.14) 8.4   (0.93) 2.9   (0.56) 82.6 (1.35) 92.2 (1.10)
Combined 73.7 (5.33) 26.3 (5.33) 10.3 ! (3.69) 29.0 (5.07) 18.6 (4.95) 15.8 (3.49) 15.5 (3.72) 84.5 (3.72) 12.5 (3.34)   (†)   (†) 60.5 (5.79) 72.5 (4.65)
                                                           
Enrollment size                                                          
Less than 300 62.8 (3.25) 37.2 (3.25) 12.7   (2.05) 32.3 (2.90) 10.6 (1.85) 7.3 (1.72) 10.4 (2.11) 89.6 (2.11) 6.9 (1.77) 2.7 ! (1.15)   (†) 30.7 (3.35) 55.3 (2.97)
300 to 499 71.3 (2.34) 28.7 (2.34) 8.2   (1.55) 29.2 (2.33) 17.9 (1.73) 16.0 (1.80) 15.7 (2.14) 84.3 (2.14) 11.6 (1.83) 3.3   (0.91)   (†) 36.4 (2.52) 63.3 (2.47)
500 to 999 76.4 (1.75) 23.6 (1.75) 5.2   (1.01) 30.7 (1.89) 20.8 (1.30) 19.8 (1.21) 15.9 (1.42) 84.1 (1.42) 10.7 (1.16) 3.8   (0.71) 1.4 ! (0.43) 46.7 (1.74) 72.5 (1.80)
1,000 or more 95.4 (1.22) 4.6 (1.22) 3.6   (0.91) 15.6 (1.92) 22.6 (1.55) 53.7 (2.49) 32.8 (1.61) 67.2 (1.61) 17.9 (1.27) 9.7   (1.10) 5.2   (1.01) 84.9 (1.80) 94.3 (1.32)
                                                           
Locale                                                          
City 74.9 (2.12) 25.1 (2.12) 4.5   (1.11) 27.7 (2.62) 17.7 (1.62) 25.0 (1.84) 21.7 (2.12) 78.3 (2.12) 14.4 (1.64) 5.7   (0.99) 1.7   (0.45) 47.6 (2.70) 73.5 (2.39)
Suburban 73.5 (2.21) 26.5 (2.21) 6.3   (1.10) 29.7 (1.86) 18.3 (1.50) 19.3 (1.43) 15.5 (1.80) 84.5 (1.80) 9.9 (1.53) 3.6   (0.81) 2.0 ! (0.76) 43.1 (1.97) 66.1 (2.23)
Town 80.3 (3.14) 19.7 (3.14) 8.1   (1.92) 31.2 (3.48) 20.1 (2.25) 20.8 (2.50) 15.6 (2.33) 84.4 (2.33) 10.6 (2.02) 4.1   (1.20) 0.9 ! (0.36) 46.2 (3.22) 74.1 (2.97)
Rural 70.2 (1.91) 29.8 (1.91) 11.4   (1.58) 28.3 (1.67) 16.3 (1.65) 14.2 (1.47) 13.2 (1.51) 86.8 (1.51) 8.9 (1.38) 3.1   (0.84) 1.3 ! (0.48) 41.1 (2.51) 62.6 (2.62)
                                                           
Racial/ethnic concentration                                                          
More than 50 percent White 71.3 (1.41) 28.7 (1.41) 9.4   (0.86) 29.3 (1.23) 16.3 (1.10) 16.4 (0.95) 13.9 (0.97) 86.1 (0.97) 9.1 (0.80) 3.3   (0.63) 1.4   (0.36) 42.0 (1.51) 64.2 (1.50)
More than 50 percent Black 82.1 (3.77) 17.9 (3.77)   (†) 24.9 (4.06) 26.2 (2.93) 29.3 (3.34) 21.0 (2.95) 79.0 (2.95) 13.4 (2.47) 6.1   (1.60)   (†) 46.6 (4.33) 70.9 (4.00)
More than 50 percent Hispanic 76.7 (2.15) 23.3 (2.15) 5.9   (1.24) 29.8 (2.07) 18.0 (1.75) 22.9 (2.07) 20.9 (2.16) 79.1 (2.16) 14.1 (1.97) 5.1   (0.91) 1.7   (0.48) 48.3 (2.66) 76.8 (2.40)
                                                           
Percentage of students in
     school eligible for free or
     reduced-price lunch
                                                         
0 to 25 62.6 (3.07) 37.4 (3.07) 7.4   (1.32) 27.9 (2.10) 15.1 (1.90) 12.1 (1.38) 10.5 (1.22) 89.5 (1.22) 7.3 (1.06) 1.7   (0.41) 1.5 ! (0.47) 40.3 (2.20) 56.2 (3.03)
26 to 50 76.0 (2.13) 24.0 (2.13) 9.0   (1.60) 30.5 (2.43) 17.6 (1.47) 18.9 (1.39) 16.2 (1.89) 83.8 (1.89) 11.3 (1.40) 3.9   (1.01) 1.0   (0.24) 48.8 (2.90) 68.2 (2.49)
51 to 75 73.8 (2.49) 26.2 (2.49) 7.9   (1.40) 27.4 (2.16) 17.5 (1.79) 21.0 (1.69) 15.8 (1.67) 84.2 (1.67) 10.4 (1.26) 4.4   (0.81) 1.0 ! (0.44) 41.2 (2.53) 73.5 (2.12)
76 to 100 81.4 (2.49) 18.6 (2.49) 5.9   (1.50) 30.0 (3.07) 20.8 (2.19) 24.7 (2.30) 22.9 (2.60) 77.1 (2.60) 14.2 (2.12) 6.0   (1.21) 2.7 ! (1.13) 45.5 (2.73) 72.1 (2.82)
†Not applicable.                        
!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 coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.                        
1 Violent incidents include serious violent incidents (rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon), physical attack or fight without a weapon, and threat of physical attack without a weapon.                        
2 Serious violent incidents include rape or attempted rape, sexual battery other than rape, physical attack or fight with a weapon, threat of physical attack with a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon.                        
3 Theft/larceny (taking things worth over $10 without personal confrontation) includes pocket picking, stealing a purse or backpack (if left unattended or if no force was used to take it from owner), theft from a building, theft from a motor vehicle or of motor vehicle parts or accessories, theft of bicycles, theft from vending machines, and all other types of thefts.                        
4 Other incidents include possession of a firearm or explosive device; possession of a knife or sharp object; distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs or alcohol; inappropriate distribution, possession, or use of prescription drugs; and vandalism.                        
5 Primary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. High schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 9 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 12. Combined schools are defined as schools with other combinations of grades, including K–12 schools.                        
NOTE: “At school” was defined to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places holding school-sponsored events or activities. Includes incidents that occurred before, during, or after normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.                        
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2010. (This table was prepared October 2012.)                        
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