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Table 9.  Percentage of students ages 12–18 reporting the ease of availability of crack and other forms of cocaine, LSD, PCP, and heroin at school during the previous 6 months, by selected student and school characteristics: 2003


    Crack   Other forms of cocaine   LSD or acid   PCP or angel dust   Heroin or smack  
Student or school characteristic   Easy   Hard     Easy   Hard     Easy   Hard     Easy   Hard     Easy   Hard  
Total    50.6   49.4     47.8   52.2     43.9   56.1     44.3   55.7     43.6   56.4  
                                                   
Sex                                                   
Male    45.4   54.6     42.0   58.0     42.2   57.8     45.5   54.5     41.0   59.0  
Female    55.9   44.1     53.5   46.5     46.1   53.9     43.0   57.0     46.4   53.6  
                                                   
Race/ethnicity1                                                   
White, non-Hispanic    47.8   52.2     43.1   56.9     40.2   59.8     37.5   62.5     39.8   60.2  
Black, non-Hispanic    61.6   38.4     61.8   38.2     56.5   43.5     56.3   43.7     59.8   40.2  
Hispanic    55.5   44.5     55.6   44.4     51.2   48.8     56.2   43.8     48.4   51.6  
Other, non-Hispanic    38.1   61.9     44.4   55.6     54.3   45.7     70.7   29.3 !   36.2 ! 63.8  
                                                   
Grade                                                   
6th    66.4   33.6 !   69.4   30.6 !   51.6 ! 48.4 !   58.0 ! 42.0 !   56.4   43.6 !
7th    37.5   62.5     35.7   64.3     27.6 ! 72.4     42.7   57.3     31.5 ! 68.5  
8th    47.3   52.7     62.5   37.5     46.2   53.8     35.0   65.0     41.5   58.5  
9th    51.2   48.8     43.6   56.4     47.6   52.4     43.5   56.5     45.8   54.2  
10th    53.2   46.8     50.7   49.3     44.1   55.9     49.9   50.1     48.6   51.4  
11th    50.7   49.3     44.6   55.4     36.7   63.3     41.3   58.7     36.9   63.1  
12th    51.7   48.3     48.2   51.8     49.6   50.4     44.9   55.1     44.8   55.2  
                                                   
Household income                                                   
Less than $7,500    60.4   39.6     58.3 ! 41.7 !     71.2       89.8       72.2  
$7,500–14,999    62.3   37.7     59.3   40.7     58.6   41.4 !   56.9   43.1     64.1   35.9 !
$15,000–24,999    49.4   50.6     50.3   49.7     38.6   61.4     34.7   65.3     37.6   62.4  
$25,000–34,999    53.0   47.0     52.6   47.4     53.6   46.4     59.0   41.0     42.6   57.4  
$35,000–49,999    57.5   42.5     51.5   48.5     46.5   53.5     49.6   50.4     52.9   47.1  
$50,000 or more    43.8   56.2     41.3   58.7     41.6   58.4     37.1   62.9     40.8   59.2  
                                                   
Urbanicity2                                                   
Urban    50.7   49.3     48.7   51.3     43.3   56.7     43.1   56.9     48.9   51.1  
Suburban    48.1   51.9     44.7   55.3     43.3   56.7     43.7   56.3     41.5   58.5  
Rural    64.4   35.6     57.7   42.3     47.7   52.3     50.5   49.5     39.2   60.8  
                                                   
Self-report of grades at school3                                                   
Mostly A's    47.6   52.4     43.7   56.3     39.4   60.6     34.9   65.1     35.1   64.9  
Mostly B's    49.7   50.3     47.6   52.4     41.4   58.6     45.7   54.3     43.6   56.4  
Mostly C's    54.2   45.8     50.9   49.1     50.1   49.9     52.5   47.5     52.8   47.2  
Mostly D's    62.2   37.8     52.8   47.2     52.0   48.0     44.3   55.7     39.8 ! 60.2  
Mostly F's    39.9 ! 60.1     49.3 ! 50.7 !   47.2 ! 52.8 !   43.7 ! 56.3       70.4 !
                                                   
Student report of violent 
victimization at school4 
                                                 
Yes   70.4   29.6 !   80.4   19.6 !   50.1   49.9     75.2   24.8 !   76.3   23.7 !
No   50.0   50.0     46.7   53.3     43.7   56.3     43.3   56.7     42.3   57.7  
                                                   
Student report of theft 
victimization at school4 
                                                 
Yes   44.7   55.3     43.8   56.2     35.4   64.6     45.2   54.8     44.2   55.8  
No   51.0   49.0     48.0   52.0     44.5   55.5     44.3   55.7     43.6   56.4  
                                                   
Sector                                                   
Public    51.6   48.4     49.0   51.0     44.0   56.0     45.5   54.5     44.8   55.2  
Private    31.5   68.5     22.7 ! 77.3     41.1   58.9       82.0       83.8  
! Interpret with caution.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 "Other, non-Hispanic" includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians (including Alaska Natives). Beginning in 2003, students were given the option of identifying themselves as more than one race. Non-Hispanic students who identified themselves as more than one race in 2003 (1 percent of all respondents) were included in the "other, non-Hispanic" category. Respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic origin were classified as Hispanic, regardless of their race.
2 Urbanicity refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent's household as defined in 1990 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
3 Students who responded that their schools did not give grades or there was no alphabetical equivalent are not reported.
4 Victimization data are taken from the National Crime Victimization Survey Incident Report.
NOTE: "Violent" victimization includes serious violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assault. "At school" includes inside the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and on the way to and from school. Estimates include only the respondents who indicated that it was possible to obtain the specified substance at school. Population size for students ages 12–18 was 25,684,000 in 2003. Response options to the 2003 SCS questionnaire item include easy, fairly easy, hard, fairly hard, and not applicable. For purposes of presenting the data in this table, "easy" includes "easy" and "fairly easy," and "hard" includes "hard" and "fairly hard." Detail may not sum to 100 percent because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2003.


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