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Table 34.  Number and percentage of public middle schools reporting that security staff engage in specified practices at school, by type of school practice and selected school characteristics: School year 2015–16

  Carry a stun gun1   Carry chemical aerosol sprays2   Carry a firearm   Wear a body camera  
School characteristic Number of schools   Percent of schools   Number of schools   Percent of schools   Number of schools   Percent of schools   Number of schools   Percent of schools  
All public middle schools 7,020   45.0   7,380   47.3   9,370   60.0   1,680   10.8  
                                 
Enrollment size                                
Less than 300 900   31.9   720   25.5   970   34.5   140 ! 5.0 !
300–499 1,290   36.8   1,470   42.1   1,860   53.1   300   8.5  
500–999 3,820   51.3   4,100   55.1   5,120   68.8   890   11.9  
1,000 or more 1,020   54.8   1,090   58.6   1,420   76.6   360   19.5  
                                 
Urbancity                                
City 1,710   44.7   1,740   45.6   2,250   59.0   450   11.9  
Suburb 2,450   43.9   2,900   52.0   3,570   63.9   480   8.5  
Town 1,140   42.5   1,120   41.6   1,460   54.4   390   14.5  
Rural 1,720   48.8   1,620   45.8   2,090   59.4   360   10.3  
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate's value.
1Stun gun includes Taser gun.
2Chemical aerosol sprays include Mace and pepper spray.
NOTE: Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding. "At school" was defined for respondents to include activities happening in school buildings, on school grounds, on school buses, and at places that hold school-sponsored events or activities. Security staff includes security guards, security personnel, and sworn law enforcement officers. Middle schools are defined as schools in which the lowest grade is not lower than grade 4 and the highest grade is not higher than grade 9. Responses were provided by the principal or the person most knowledgeable about crime and safety issues at the school.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, 2015–16 School Survey on Crime and Safety (SSOCS), 2016.