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Table 10.  Percentage of public elementary schools reporting selected disciplinary problems happening daily, at least once a week, at least once a month, or never, by type of disciplinary problems: 1999–2000

Type of disciplinary problem Daily At least
once a week
At least
once a month
On occasion Never
Student racial tensions 1 2 3 48 46
Student bullying 9 17 17 53 3
Student verbal abuse of teachers 1 7 7 55 29
Widespread disorder in classrooms # 2 3 23 72
Student acts of disrespect for teachers 4 10 11 65 11
Undesirable gang1 activities 1 10 89
Undesirable cult or extremist group2 activities # 1 98
# Rounds to zero.
‡ Reporting standards not met.
1 Gang was defined for respondents as, "an ongoing loosely organized association of three or more persons, whether formal or informal, that has a common name, signs, symbols or colors, whose members engage, either individually or collectively, in violent or other forms of illegal behavior."
2 Cult or extremist group was defined for respondents as, "a group that espouses radical beliefs and practices, which may include a religious component, that are widely seen as threatening the basic values and cultural norms of society at large."
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. "At school/at your school" was defined for respondents as including activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that are holding school-sponsored events or activities. Respondents were instructed to, unless the survey specified otherwise, only respond for those times that were during normal school hours or when school activities/events were in session. Elementary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 8.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2000.