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Drugs and Violence on Campus

How safe are our schools?

by Ricco Villanueva Siasoco

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Below is a look at the percentage of students in grades 9 through 12 who reported experience with drugs and violence on school property in 2007, the most recent year data was available.

Drugs and Violence on School Property, 2007

  Total
Race/ethnicity
    White Black Hispanic
Felt too unsafe to go to school 5.5 4.0 6.5 9.6
Male 5.4 3.7 6.8 9.6
Female 5.6 4.2 6.3 9.7
Carried a weapon on school property 5.9 5.3 6.0 7.3
Male 9.0 8.5 8.4 10.4
Female 2.7 2.1 3.5 4.1
Threatened or injured with a weapon on school property 7.8 6.9 9.7 8.7
Male 10.2 9.2 11.2 12.0
Female 5.4 4.6 8.1 5.4
Engaged in a physical fight on school property 12.4 10.2 17.6 15.5
Male 16.3 14.5 20.0 18.5
Female 8.5 5.9 15.2 12.4
Property stolen or deliberately damaged on school property 27.1 25.9 29.2 29.0
Male 30.4 29.3 32.8 32.0
Female 23.7 22.6 25.6 26.0
Cigarette use on school property 5.7 6.4 3.4 4.9
Male 6.5 7.1 5.1 5.6
Female 4.8 5.6 1.7 4.2
Smokeless tobacco use on school property 4.9 6.2 0.9 3.2
Male 8.9 11.3 1.5 4.9
Female 1.0 1.0 0.2 1.5
Alcohol use on school property 4.1 3.2 3.4 7.5
Male 4.6 3.8 3.7 7.8
Female 3.6 2.6 3.2 7.1
Marijuana use on school property 4.5 4.0 5.0 5.4
Male 5.9 5.2 7.4 6.9
Female 3.0 2.7 2.6 3.9
Offered, sold, or given an illegal substance 22.3 20.7 19.3 29.1
Male 25.7 24.0 25.1 30.9
Female 18.7 17.4 13.4 27.2

Source: Dept. of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Digest of Education Statistics 2008

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