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Table 229.50. Percentage distribution of public schools, by number of violent incidents of crime at school recorded and reported to sworn law enforcement and selected school characteristics: 2019-20
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
School characteristic Number of violent incidents recorded Number of violent incidents reported to sworn law enforcement
None 1-2 incidents 3-5 incidents 6-9 incidents 10-14 incidents 15-19 incidents 20 or more incidents None 1-2 incidents 3-5 incidents 6-9 incidents 10-14 incidents 15-19 incidents 20 or more incidents
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
Total 29.8   (1.30) 16.0   (1.04) 13.2   (0.77) 11.1   (0.75) 8.2   (0.71) 6.1   (0.62) 15.6   (0.85) 67.6   (0.99) 13.0   (0.86) 7.7   (0.66) 4.3   (0.41) 3.0   (0.29) 1.3   (0.23) 3.1   (0.26)
School level                                                                                    
Elementary1 41.6   (2.15) 17.8   (1.68) 10.4   (1.26) 8.5   (1.24) 5.6   (1.13) 4.8   (0.92) 11.3   (1.39) 85.5   (1.51) 8.3   (1.21) 3.9   (0.96)   (†) 0.7 ! (0.32)   (†)   (†)
Middle2 9.0   (1.04) 10.2   (1.04) 16.9   (1.34) 16.1   (1.43) 12.7   (1.16) 8.5   (1.09) 26.6   (1.70) 42.2   (1.76) 20.4   (1.20) 13.6   (1.12) 9.6   (1.21) 5.8   (0.70) 1.7   (0.37) 6.6   (0.93)
Secondary/high3 10.4   (1.18) 14.9   (1.49) 18.5   (1.56) 14.7   (1.06) 12.7   (1.09) 8.0   (0.92) 20.8   (1.40) 34.9   (1.89) 20.5   (1.85) 13.8   (1.41) 10.4   (0.98) 8.0   (0.68) 3.2   (0.56) 9.2   (1.01)
Combined/other4 39.7   (5.85) 20.2   (4.27) 14.1   (3.44) 10.2 ! (3.51) 4.6 ! (1.81) 6.4 ! (2.77) 4.9 ! (2.00) 73.6   (4.55) 12.4   (3.40) 6.7 ! (2.13)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)

Enrollment size
                                                                                   
Less than 300 44.2   (3.82) 17.1   (2.73) 16.8   (2.46) 8.6   (1.98) 2.5 ! (0.86) 5.0 ! (1.64) 5.8   (1.65) 75.2   (2.66) 15.0   (2.19) 3.7 ! (1.13) 2.9 ! (1.18)   (†)   (†) 1.5 ! (0.72)
300 to 499 33.6   (2.57) 18.3   (2.06) 11.7   (1.17) 10.7   (1.47) 7.5   (1.50) 5.6   (1.15) 12.6   (1.88) 77.4   (1.63) 11.6   (1.43) 5.9   (0.96) 2.4   (0.57) 1.6 ! (0.62)   (†) 0.3 ! (0.17)
500 to 999 24.8   (2.06) 15.7   (1.38) 13.0   (1.02) 12.9   (1.26) 10.6   (1.24) 6.5   (0.77) 16.6   (1.39) 65.7   (1.63) 12.8   (1.43) 9.4   (1.13) 4.8   (0.58) 3.3   (0.44) 0.8   (0.20) 3.1   (0.41)
1,000 or more 7.5   (1.40) 7.8   (1.31) 11.2   (1.72) 11.1   (1.39) 13.0   (1.35) 8.9   (0.92) 40.4   (2.42) 30.9   (1.68) 13.3   (1.35) 14.5   (1.39) 10.7   (1.18) 10.7   (1.22) 5.4   (1.03) 14.7   (1.43)

Locale
                                                                                   
City 24.8   (2.22) 11.7   (1.67) 11.5   (1.83) 10.0   (1.38) 9.4   (1.37) 8.8   (1.34) 23.8   (1.94) 65.6   (2.05) 12.8   (1.42) 8.1   (1.46) 3.5   (0.56) 3.7   (0.45) 1.8 ! (0.59) 4.4   (0.74)
Suburban 29.7   (2.26) 18.9   (1.95) 12.0   (1.41) 11.1   (1.09) 7.2   (1.18) 5.1   (1.07) 15.9   (1.39) 70.5   (1.35) 10.5   (1.05) 6.9   (0.78) 4.9   (0.80) 2.9   (0.46) 1.1   (0.24) 3.3   (0.46)
Town 28.4   (3.52) 12.7   (2.32) 15.6   (2.18) 14.4   (1.98) 10.6   (1.53) 4.8   (1.07) 13.4   (2.48) 62.3   (2.47) 13.7   (1.89) 10.8   (1.75) 6.5   (1.23) 4.1 ! (1.36) 0.6 ! (0.29) 2.0 ! (0.63)
Rural 35.6   (2.76) 18.2   (1.97) 15.4   (1.88) 10.7   (1.51) 6.9   (0.91) 5.3   (1.18) 7.9   (1.35) 68.7   (2.26) 15.7   (1.81) 6.7   (1.06) 3.3   (0.77) 2.0   (0.51) 1.4 ! (0.45) 2.1   (0.39)

Percent minority enrollment5
                                                                                   
0 to 25 percent 34.5   (2.01) 18.5   (1.77) 15.8   (1.45) 11.7   (1.31) 7.6   (0.81) 3.9   (0.55) 7.9   (1.18) 69.2   (1.84) 13.8   (1.39) 7.8   (1.04) 4.0   (0.67) 2.5   (0.46) 1.1   (0.27) 1.5   (0.35)
26 to 50 percent 32.2   (3.21) 12.4   (2.04) 13.3   (1.76) 12.0   (1.52) 8.8   (1.40) 8.2   (1.55) 13.0   (1.38) 68.1   (2.46) 11.6   (1.66) 7.2   (1.03) 4.5   (0.68) 2.5   (0.46) 2.1 ! (0.83) 3.9   (0.73)
51 to 75 percent 25.5   (3.04) 18.6   (2.64) 10.7   (1.86) 10.9   (1.92) 7.1   (1.44) 4.9   (1.25) 22.2   (2.42) 67.4   (2.58) 13.6   (1.88) 6.9   (1.34) 3.8   (0.92) 3.5   (0.91) 0.7 ! (0.24) 3.9   (0.56)
76 to 100 percent 25.1   (2.54) 13.6   (2.07) 11.7   (1.74) 9.7   (1.39) 9.2   (1.84) 8.2   (1.39) 22.5   (1.88) 65.4   (2.47) 12.6   (1.84) 8.3   (1.63) 4.8   (0.93) 3.6   (0.73) 1.3 ! (0.46) 4.0   (0.56)

Percent of students eligible for
    free or reduced-price lunch
                                                                                   
0 to 25 percent 38.0   (3.06) 19.8   (1.96) 14.0   (1.66) 11.7   (1.52) 4.4   (0.84) 4.2   (1.07) 7.9   (1.52) 74.6   (2.10) 10.8   (1.56) 6.6   (1.11) 3.5   (0.49) 1.7   (0.41) 1.1 ! (0.35) 1.7   (0.40)
26 to 50 percent 29.3   (2.54) 18.3   (2.13) 14.1   (1.48) 12.0   (1.58) 8.9   (1.09) 5.6   (1.00) 11.8   (1.38) 61.0   (2.16) 17.1   (1.78) 9.0   (1.19) 5.3   (0.74) 3.3   (0.61) 1.9 ! (0.67) 2.5   (0.45)
51 to 75 percent 28.0   (2.54) 15.7   (2.24) 13.5   (1.86) 11.2   (1.40) 10.1   (1.34) 5.6   (1.06) 16.0   (1.48) 70.2   (2.30) 10.6   (1.44) 6.5   (0.93) 4.6   (1.03) 3.2   (0.52) 1.2   (0.31) 3.7   (0.52)
76 to 100 percent 27.2   (2.56) 12.1   (1.91) 11.8   (1.51) 10.0   (1.53) 8.0   (1.53) 8.2   (1.24) 22.6   (1.82) 66.9   (2.42) 12.9   (1.73) 8.1   (1.48) 3.7   (0.74) 3.4   (0.73) 1.1 ! (0.37) 4.0   (0.56)
†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 Elementary schools are defined as schools that enroll students in more of grades K through 4 than in higher grades.
2 Middle schools are defined as schools that enroll students in more of grades 5 through 8 than in higher or lower grades.
3 Secondary/high schools are defined as schools that enroll students in more of grades 9 through 12 than in lower grades.
4 Combined/other schools include all other combinations of grades not specified in the Elementary, Middle, and Secondary/high categories, including K-12 schools.
5 Percent combined enrollment of Black, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, and American Indian/Alaska Native students, and students of Two or more races.
NOTE: "Violent incidents" include rape, sexual assault other than rape, physical attack or fight with or without a weapon, threat of physical attack with or without a weapon, and robbery with or without a weapon. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. "At school" was defined to include activities that happen in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to include incidents that occurred before, during, or after normal school hours or when school activities or events were in session. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2019-20 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2020. (This table was prepared November 2021.)

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