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Table 14.  Number and percentage of public schools reporting the use of any serious disciplinary action, and the percentage distribution of serious disciplinary actions used by schools, by selected offenses: School year 2005–06

  Schools using any serious disciplinary action1   Percentage distribution of serious disciplinary actions used by schools1
Offense Number
of schools
Percent
of schools
Number of
actions
taken
Number
  of actions
taken per
1,000
students
  Removals with
no continuing
services
for at least
the remain-
der of the
school year
  Transfers to
specialized
schools2
Out-of-school
suspensions
lasting 5 or more
  days but less than
the remainder
of the school
year
Total offenses 40,000 48 842,400 18   5   20 74
                   
Use or possession of a firearm
    or explosive device3 
3,800 5 14,500 #   11   21 68
Use or possession of a weapon
    other than a firearm3,4 
16,100 19 47,300 1   11   29 60
Distribution, possession, or
    use of illegal drugs 
17,400 21 108,300 2   10   34 56
                   
Distribution, possession, or
    use of alcohol 
8,500 10 30,500 1   5   19 77
Physical attacks or fights5  26,300 32 328,900 7   4   15 81
Insubordination6  17,700 21 312,900 7   4 ! 20 76
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate’s value.
1 Serious disciplinary actions include removals with no continuing services for at least the remainder of the school year, transfers to specialized schools for disciplinary reasons, and out-of-school suspensions lasting 5 or more days, but less than the remainder of the school year.
2 Specialized school was defined for respondents as "a school that is specifically for students who were referred for disciplinary reasons, although the school may also have students who were referred for other reasons. The school may be at the same location as your school."
3 Firearm or explosive device was defined for respondents as "any weapon that is designed to (or may readily be converted to) expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This includes guns, bombs, grenades, mines, rockets, missiles, pipe bombs, or similar devices designed to explode and capable of causing bodily harm or property damage."
4 Weapon was defined for respondents as "any instrument or object used with the intent to threaten, injure, or kill. This includes look-alikes if they are used to threaten others."
5 Physical attack or fight was defined for respondents as "an actual and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to an individual."
6 Insubordination was defined for respondents as "a deliberate and inexcusable defiance of or refusal to obey a school rule, authority, or a reasonable order. It includes, but is not limited to, direct defiance of school authority, failure to attend assigned detention or on-campus supervision, failure to respond to a call slip, and physical or verbal intimidation or abuse."
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2005–06 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2006.


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