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Table 34.  Number and percentage of public primary 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 primary schools 11,140   22.7   10,290   21.0   15,010   30.6   2,350   4.8  
                                 
Enrollment size                                
Less than 300 1,850   17.9   1,800   17.5   2,440   23.6      
300–499 3,710   20.7   4,080   22.7   5,780   32.2   940 ! 5.2 !
500–999 5,300   26.9   4,170   21.1   6,420   32.5   1,110   5.6  
1,000 or more 280 ! 26.7 ! 230 ! 22.6 ! 380   36.1 !    
                                 
Urbancity                                
City 2,080   14.1   1,840   12.5   3,160   21.5      
Suburb 4,370   25.4   3,690   21.5   5,290   30.8   560 ! 3.3 !
Town 2,250   39.8   2,070   36.7   2,840   50.4   730 ! 13.0 !
Rural 2,450   21.3   2,700   23.4   3,720   32.3   830 ! 7.2 !
! 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. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the standard error represents more than 50 percent of the estimate.
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. Primary 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. 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.