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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 2009–10
 
School characteristic Carry a stun gun1   Carry chemical
aerosol sprays2
  Carry a firearm
Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
  Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
  Number
of schools
  Percent
of schools
All public schools 13,700   17   18,200   22   23,200   28
                       
Level3                      
Primary 3,000   6   4,300   9   6,100   12
Middle 4,700   31   6,300   41   7,800   51
High school 4,700   39   6,000   49   7,800   63
Combined 1,200   19   1,500   24   1,600   25
                       
Enrollment size                      
Less than 300 1,700   9   2,100   11   2,500   13
300–499 2,800   11   3,700   15   5,000   20
500–999 5,100   17   7,000   23   9,000   30
1,000 or more 4,000   45   5,300   60   6,700   75
                       
Urbanicity                      
City 3,500   16   4,700   22   5,900   28
Suburb 4,000   17   5,600   23   7,100   30
Town 2,500   21   2,900   24   3,800   32
Rural 3,600   14   5,000   20   6,400   25
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 2009-10 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), 2009-10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2010.


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