Skip Navigation
small NCES header image
Status and Trends in the Education of American Indians and Alaska Natives: 2008

NCES 2008-084
September 2008

Violence on School Grounds


In 2005, twenty-two percent of American Indian/Alaska Native students in grades 9–12 reported having been in a physical fight on school property in the past 12 months.

Figure 5.8. Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported that they engaged in a physical fight on school property, were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, or carried a weapon to school, by race/ethnicity: 2005
Percentage of students in grades 9–12 who reported that they engaged in a physical fight
on school property, were threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, or carried
a weapon to school, by race/ethnicity: 2005
! Interpret data with caution.
1 In the past 12 months.
2 At least 1 day during the previous 30 days.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 2005.

In 2005, a higher percentage of American Indian/ Alaska Native students in grades 9–12 (22 percent) reported being in a fight on school property than their White (12 percent) and Asian peers (6 percent) in the past 12 months. However, there was no measurable difference between the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native students who reported being in a fight and the percentage of Black (17 percent) and Hispanic students (18 percent) who reported doing so over the same period in 2005.

There were no measurable differences between the percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native students who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon in the past 12 months and the percentages of White, Black, Hispanic, and Asian students who reported being threatened or injured with a weapon over the same period.

In addition, there were no measurable differences in the percentages of students who reported that they carried a weapon to school on at least 1 day during the previous 30 days for American Indians/Alaska Natives and their White, Black, and Hispanic peers. However, a higher percentage of American Indian/ Alaska Native students (7 percent) than Asian students (3 percent) reported carrying a weapon to school in the previous 30 days.

View Table View Table 5.8

Top


Would you like to help us improve our products and website by taking a short survey?

YES, I would like to take the survey

or

No Thanks

The survey consists of a few short questions and takes less than one minute to complete.