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Table 14.  Number and percentage of public elementary schools reporting the use of any serious disciplinary action, and the percentage distribution of serious disciplinary actions used by schools, by selected offenses: School year 2009–10

 
    Schools using any serious disciplinary action1   Percentage distribution of serious
disciplinary actions used by schools1
Offense   Number of schools   Percent of schools   Number of actions taken     Number of actions taken per 1,000 students     Removals with no continuing services for at least the remainder of the school year   Transfers to specialized schools2   Out-of-school suspensions lasting 5 or more days but less than the remainder of the school year  
Total offenses   8,900   18.1   44,200     9.8     15.1 ! 11.7   73.2  
Use or possession of a firearm or explosive device 3   800 ! 1.7 ! 1,200 !   3.8 !   34.9 !   60.0  
Use or possession of a weapon other than a firearm 3,4   3,100   6.4   5,100     3.2       9.9 ! 85.0  
Distribution, possession, or use of illegal drugs   1,000   2.0   1,800     3.0       37.5 ! 62.5  
Distribution, possession, or use of alcohol   500 ! 1.0 ! 600 !   1.6         88.8  
Physical attacks or fights 5   6,500   13.2   35,500     10.9     16.7 ! 11.1   72.2  
!Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate's value.
‡Reporting standards not met. The standard error represents more than 50 percent of the estimate.
1Serious disciplinary actions include removals with no continuing services for at least the remainder of the school year, transfers to specialized schools for disciplinary reasons, and out-of-school suspensions lasting 5 or more days, but less than the remainder of the school year.
2Specialized school was defined for respondents as "a school that is specifically for students who were referred for disciplinary reasons, although the school may also have students who were referred for other reasons. The school may be at the same location as your school."
3Firearm or explosive device was defined for respondents as "any weapon that is designed to (or may readily be converted to) expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. This includes guns, bombs, grenades, mines, rockets, missiles, pipe bombs, or similar devices designed to explode and capable of causing bodily harm or property damage."
4Weapon was defined for respondents as "any instrument or object used with the intent to threaten, injure, or kill. This includes look-alikes if they are used to threaten others."
5Physical attack or fight was defined for respondents as "an actual and intentional touching or striking of another person against his or her will, or the intentional causing of bodily harm to an individual."
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding or because schools may have reported more than one of the practices. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school. Elementary schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not higher than grade 3 & the highest grade is not higher than grade 8.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 2009–10 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS).