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Table 33.  Number and percentage of public schools reporting that security staff engage in specified practices at school, by type of school practice and selected school characteristics: School year 200708
 
Wear uniforms or other
identifiable clothing
Carry a stun gun1 Carry chemical
aerosol sprays2
Carry a firearm
School characteristic Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
  Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
  Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
  Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
All public schools  35,200   42   15,500   19   22,100   27   28,300   34
                               
Level3                               
Primary  14,600   30   5,400   11   7,800   16   9,900   20
Middle  9,300   61   4,200   28   6,300   41   8,300   54
High school  8,900   74   4,600   38   6,500   54   8,100   68
Combined  2,300   35   1,200   18   1,500   23   2,100   32
                               
Enrollment size                               
Less than 300  4,700   25   1,800   10   2,300   12   3,100   16
300–499  8,000   33   3,000   12   5,100   21   6,500   27
500–999  14,500   48   7,000   23   9,500   32   11,900   40
1,000 or more  7,900   85   3,600   39   5,200   56   6,800   74
                               
Urbanicity                               
City  11,200   52   3,800   18   5,900   28   7,000   33
Suburb  9,900   41   4,300   18   6,000   25   8,100   34
Town  5,500   47   2,900   25   4,200   36   5,300   45
Rural  8,600   33   4,400   17   6,000   23   7,900   31
1 Stun gun includes Taser gun.
2 Chemical aerosol sprays include Mace and pepper spray.
3 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 include all other combinations of grades, including K–12 schools.
NOTE: All public schools in the 2007–08 SSOCS sample are included in the estimates presented this table. "At school" was defined for respondents to include activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Security staff includes security guards, security personnel, and sworn law enforcement officers. 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), 2007–08 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2008.


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