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Table 231.20. Percentage distribution of students in grades 9-12, by number of times they reported having been in a physical fight anywhere or on school property during the previous 12 months and selected student characteristics: 2017
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Student characteristic Anywhere (including on school property)1 On school property2
0 times 1 to 3 times 4 to 11 times 12 or more times 0 times 1 to 3 times 4 to 11 times 12 or more times
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Total 76.4   (0.97) 18.1   (0.68) 3.9   (0.36) 1.6   (0.17) 91.5   (0.53) 7.5   (0.48) 0.5   (0.08) 0.5   (0.07)
Sex                                                
Male 70.0   (1.14) 22.4   (1.01) 5.4   (0.44) 2.3   (0.27) 88.4   (0.62) 9.9   (0.58) 0.9   (0.16) 0.8   (0.13)
Female 82.8   (1.01) 14.1   (0.76) 2.4   (0.31) 0.8   (0.12) 94.4   (0.54) 5.2   (0.55) 0.2   (0.04) 0.2   (0.04)
                                                 
Race/ethnicity                                                
White 79.2   (0.82) 16.7   (0.72) 3.0   (0.27) 1.1   (0.16) 93.5   (0.64) 5.9   (0.61) 0.3 ! (0.10) 0.3   (0.08)
Black 66.8   (2.49) 23.7   (1.72) 7.0   (1.01) 2.4   (0.70) 84.7   (1.45) 13.7   (1.33) 1.1   (0.30) 0.5 ! (0.16)
Hispanic 74.3   (1.85) 19.6   (1.11) 4.2   (0.81) 1.9   (0.21) 90.6   (0.90) 8.0   (0.88) 0.5   (0.15) 0.8   (0.15)
Asian 89.0   (1.61) 7.8   (1.55) 2.2   (0.54)   (†) 96.3   (1.00) 2.2 ! (0.73)   (†)   (†)
Pacific Islander 77.4   (2.47) 11.8 ! (3.56)   (†)   (†) 85.8   (3.58) 13.0   (3.32)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native 65.3   (6.36) 26.0   (5.07)   (†)   (†) 91.4   (3.74)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Two or more races 74.5   (2.30) 20.3   (2.41) 3.7   (0.86) 1.6 ! (0.72) 90.8   (1.36) 8.1   (1.42)   (†)   (†)
                                                 
Sexual orientation3                                                
Heterosexual 76.8   (0.95) 17.9   (0.67) 4.0   (0.35) 1.3   (0.20) 91.7   (0.56) 7.5   (0.51) 0.5   (0.10) 0.3   (0.07)
Gay, lesbian, or bisexual 72.1   (1.66) 22.0   (1.50) 4.1   (0.66) 1.8   (0.38) 90.4   (1.16) 7.9   (1.08) 0.9   (0.23) 0.8 ! (0.25)
Not sure 80.2   (2.83) 11.4   (2.25) 4.4   (1.04) 3.9 ! (1.25) 88.2   (2.25) 7.4   (1.98) 1.3 ! (0.41) 3.1 ! (1.07)
                                                 
Grade                                                
9th 71.7   (1.53) 21.6   (1.14) 5.0   (0.81) 1.7   (0.29) 87.7   (1.05) 11.1   (0.94) 0.8   (0.21) 0.4 ! (0.15)
10th 73.8   (1.14) 20.0   (0.79) 4.2   (0.52) 1.9   (0.45) 90.4   (0.74) 8.6   (0.72) 0.7   (0.19) 0.3 ! (0.12)
11th 79.6   (0.91) 16.4   (0.87) 2.9   (0.36) 1.0   (0.20) 94.0   (0.66) 5.4   (0.73) 0.2 ! (0.06) 0.4 ! (0.16)
12th 82.2   (1.52) 13.7   (1.28) 3.0   (0.38) 1.1   (0.24) 95.0   (0.61) 4.0   (0.57) 0.4   (0.10) 0.5 ! (0.18)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 The term "anywhere" is not used in the Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) questionnaire; students were simply asked how many times in the past 12 months they had been in a physical fight.
2 In the question asking students about physical fights at school, "on school property" was not defined for respondents.
3 Students were asked which sexual orientation--"heterosexual (straight)," "gay or lesbian," "bisexual," or “not sure"--best described them.
NOTE: Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health, Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS), 2017. (This table was prepared July 2018.)

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