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5. Prevalence of students involved in physical fights on school property*
Schools where there are numerous physical fights may not be able to maintain a focused learning environment. Students who are constantly involved in fights on school property cannot be ready to learn.
*This indicator repeats information from the 2000 Indicators of School Crime and Safety report.
- In all years, students were more likely to report being in a fight anywhere5 than to report being in a fight on school property in the last 12 months (figure 5.1 and table 5.1). In 1999, 36 percent of students in grades 9 through 12 reported that they had been in a physical fight anywhere. In that same year, about 14 percent of all students said that they had been in a physical fight on school property.
- The percentage of students who reported being in a fight anywhere declined from 1993 to 1999-from 42 percent in 1993 to 36 percent in 1999 (figure 5.1 and table 5.1). Similarly, the percentages of students who reported fighting on school property for these years also declined, from 16 percent in 1993 to 14 percent in 1999.
- In all survey years, males were more likely than females to have been in a fight anywhere and on school property (figure 5.1 and table 5.1). In 1999, 44 percent of males said they had been in a fight anywhere, and 19 percent said they had been in a fight on school property. In that same year, about 27 percent of females reported they had been in a fight anywhere, and 10 percent said they had been in a fight on school property.
- Of 9th through 12th grade students, those in lower grades reported being in more fights than students in higher grades anywhere and on school property in all survey years (figure 5.2 and table 5.1).
- In 1999, Asian students were less likely than students from other racial/ethnic backgrounds to report being in a fight anywhere (23 percent for Asian students compared to 33 to 51 percents for all other students) (table 5.1). In addition, they were less likely to report being in a fight on school property than black or African American, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latino students (10 percent compared to 19, 25, and 16 percent, respectively).
5 The term "anywhere" is not used in the YRBS questionnaire. Rather, students are simply asked how many times in the last 12 months they had been in a physical fight.