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Table 19.  Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported bringing a knife to school, having knowledge of a gun being brought by another student to school, having seen another student with a gun at school, and the possibility of accessing a gun during the previous 6 months, by selected student and school characteristics: 2003


    Brought a knife onto school property      Knew any (other) student who brought a gun onto school property      Have seen another student with a gun at school      Possible to get a gun without adult supervision, at or away from school   
Student or school characteristic    Yes   No     Yes   No     Yes   No     Yes   No  
Total    1.0   99.0     4.4   95.6     1.9   97.2     8.9   91.1  
                                         
Sex                                         
Male    1.4   98.6     4.5   95.5     2.6   96.6     11.6   88.4  
Female    0.6   99.4     4.4   95.6     1.3   97.8     6.0   94.0  
                                         
Race/ethnicity1                                         
White, non-Hispanic    0.8   99.2     3.5   96.5     1.3   98.0     10.5   89.5  
Black, non-Hispanic    1.2 ! 98.8     7.5   92.5     4.6   93.8     7.5   92.5  
Hispanic    1.5   98.5     5.5   94.5     2.1   96.9     5.4   94.6  
Other, non-Hispanic      99.2     3.4   96.6     1.6 ! 98.2     5.1   94.9  
                                         
Grade                                         
6th      99.9     2.2 ! 97.8       98.7     1.8   98.2  
7th    0.6 ! 99.4     4.3   95.7     1.9   96.9     4.2   95.8  
8th      99.3     3.3   96.7     2.0   97.2     4.8   95.2  
9th    0.8 ! 99.2     4.6   95.4     1.9   97.7     7.7   92.3  
10th    1.2   98.8     4.7   95.3     2.2   96.7     11.7   88.3  
11th    1.6 ! 98.4     5.1   94.9     2.2   96.6     14.1   85.9  
12th    2.0   98.0     6.2   93.8     2.3   97.1     17.0   83.0  
                                         
Household income                                         
Less than $7,500      97.6     7.3 ! 92.7     3.4 ! 95.9     5.5 ! 94.5  
$7,500–14,999      98.3     5.6   94.4     3.2 ! 95.6     6.4   93.6  
$15,000–24,999    1.0 ! 99.0     5.5   94.5     3.4   95.6     8.2   91.8  
$25,000–34,999    1.1 ! 98.9     4.7   95.3     2.0   97.0     8.6   91.4  
$35,000–49,999    1.5 ! 98.5     4.3   95.7     1.4 ! 97.4     10.2   89.8  
$50,000 or more    0.8   99.2     4.1   95.9     1.6   97.8     9.0   91.0  
                                         
Urbanicity2                                         
Urban    1.1   98.9     5.5   94.5     2.9   96.0     7.2   92.8  
Suburban    0.8   99.2     4.3   95.7     1.8   97.4     7.8   92.2  
Rural    1.4 ! 98.6     3.0   97.0     0.9 ! 98.4     14.6   85.4  
                                         
Self-report of grades at school3                                         
Mostly A's    0.6 ! 99.4     3.6   96.4     1.2   98.2     6.5   93.5  
Mostly B's    1.0   99.0     4.2   95.8     1.8   97.2     8.8   91.2  
Mostly C's    1.7   98.3     6.1   93.9     3.2   95.9     11.9   88.1  
Mostly D's      99.1     5.7   94.3     2.8 ! 97.2     13.0   87.0  
Mostly F's      97.6       94.0       93.9     19.1   80.9  
                                         
Student report of violent 
victimization at school4 
                                       
Yes     98.1     16.6   83.4     12.1   86.5     17.7   82.3  
No   1.0   99.0     4.3   95.7     1.8   97.3     8.7   91.3  
                                         
Student report of theft 
victimization at school4 
                                       
Yes   1.4 ! 98.6     7.4   92.6     4.0 ! 95.1     14.1   85.9  
No   1.0   99.0     4.3   95.7     1.9   97.3     8.6   91.4  
                                         
Sector                                         
Public    1.1   98.9     4.7   95.3     2.0   97.1     8.9   91.1  
Private      99.9     1.6 ! 98.4       98.1     8.0   92.0  
   
! 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. Population size for students ages 12–18 was 25,684,000 in 2003. There were too few cases reported for "brought a gun onto school property" and "brought some other weapon onto school property" across all student and school characteristics to report reliable data; thus, these are not reported. Detail for "Have seen another student with a gun at school" may not sum to 100 percent because of "don't know" responses or 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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