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Table 11.  Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being involved in a physical fight and frequency of involvement in physical fights at school during the previous 6 months, by selected student and school characteristics: 2003


  Involved in one or more physical fights at school   If yes, frequency of involvement in physical fights at school
Student or school characteristic Yes   No     1–2 fights   3 or more fights  
Total  5.8   94.2     82.1   17.9  
                   
Sex                   
Male  7.7   92.3     81.9   18.1  
Female  3.7   96.3     82.3   17.7  
                   
Race/ethnicity1                   
White, non-Hispanic  4.8   95.2     85.4   14.6  
Black, non-Hispanic  9.4   90.6     78.5   21.5  
Hispanic  6.3   93.7     80.7   19.3  
Other, non-Hispanic  4.7   95.3     69.3   30.7 !
                   
Grade                   
6th  7.4   92.6     72.4   27.6  
7th  9.2   90.8     81.5   18.5  
8th  8.0   92.0     85.5   14.5  
9th  4.8   95.2     80.9   19.1  
10th  4.8   95.2     85.1   14.9 !
11th  3.2   96.8     89.7    
12th  2.6   97.4     77.4   22.6 !
                   
Household income                   
Less than $7,500  13.9   86.1     64.9   35.1 !
$7,500–14,999  8.9   91.1     89.3   10.7 !
$15,000–24,999  7.7   92.3     81.6   18.4  
$25,000–34,999  7.3   92.7     86.2   13.8 !
$35,000–49,999  5.6   94.4     79.1   20.9  
$50,000 or more  3.6   96.4     83.1   16.9  
                   
Urbanicity2                   
Urban  7.2   92.8     81.6   18.4  
Suburban  5.1   94.9     83.1   16.9  
Rural  5.5   94.5     79.8   20.2 !
                   
Self-report of grades at school3                   
Mostly A's  3.0   97.0     81.5   18.5  
Mostly B's  5.0   95.0     80.4   19.6  
Mostly C's  10.5   89.5     87.0   13.0  
Mostly D's  13.9   86.1     71.5   28.5 !
Mostly F's  25.8   74.2     69.4   30.6 !
                   
Student report of violent 
victimization at school4 
                 
Yes 47.9   52.1     88.0   12.0 !
No 5.2   94.8     81.3   18.7  
                   
Student report of theft 
victimization at school4 
                 
Yes 11.9   88.1     78.7   21.3 !
No 5.5   94.5     82.4   17.6  
                   
Sector                   
Public  5.9   94.1     82.5   17.5  
Private  4.0   96.0     72.4   27.6 !
! Interpret data 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. Population size for students ages 12–18 was 25,684,000 in 2003. 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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