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Students' Reports of School Crime: 1989 and 1995

Availability of Drugs

  • Though the increase was small, the percentage of students reporting that drugs were available rose from 63.2 percent in 1989 to 65.3 percent in 1995.
  • Students in higher grades were more likely than students in lower grades to report that drugs were available at school in both 1989 and 1995.

  • In 1995, students in public schools were more likely to report that drugs were available in their schools than were students in private schools (67.2 percent v. 48.0 percent). Similar results occurred in 1989.
  • A higher percent of public school students reported that drugs were available at school in 1995 than in 1989. However, the percent of private school students who reported that drugs were available at school was about the same in 1995 as it was in 1989.

  • In both 1995 and 1989, students who reported that they had experienced violent victimization at school were more likely to report that drugs were available at school than were students who reported that they had not been violently victimized at school.
  • Among students who reported that they had experienced violent victimization at school, the percent of students reporting that drugs were available in 1989 was similar to the percent of students reporting that drugs were available in 1995.

Additional findings about student reports of drug availability at school from tables 2 and 3:

  • Older students were more likely than younger students to report that drugs were available at school in both 1989 and 1995.
  • In 1995, students who reported that street gangs were present at their schools were more likely to indicate that drugs were available (79.5 percent) than were those who did not report that street gangs were present (61.0 percent). The same results occurred in 1989.
  • Among students reporting that street gangs were present at school, reports that drugs were available increased by 6 percentage points between 1989 and 1995. Among students reporting that gangs were not present, reports that drugs were available are similar between the two years.
  • The percent of students reporting that marijuana was easy to obtain at school increased between 1989 and 1995, rising from 30.5 percent to 36.4 percent.
  • In 1995, more students reported that marijuana was easy to obtain than any other drug. The same result was true in 1989.


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