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Q: Does the trend in carrying a weapon on school property vary by gender or race?
A: Since 1993, the prevalence of carrying a weapon on school property declined for males and females, as well as for white, black, Hispanic, and Asian high schoolers.
Notes: Respondents were asked if they carried a weapon on school property at least 1 day in the past 30 days. Weapon includes a gun, knife, or club.
* Race groups do not include persons of Hispanic ethnicity.

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  • The proportion of male high school students carrying a weapon on school property fell from 17.9% in 1993 to 3.7% in 2019. Among females, the proportion fell from 5.1% in 1993 to 1.7% by 2019.
  • The proportion of high school students carrying a weapon on school property also declined for white, black, Hispanic, and Asian students between 1993 and 2019: white students (down from 10.9% to 2.1%), black students (from 15% to 4.2%), Hispanic students (13.3% to 3.1%), and Asian students (6.5% to 1.3%).

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/offenders/qa03506.asp?qaDate=2019. Released on September 21, 2020.

Data Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1991-2019 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data. Available at https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/. Accessed August 2020.

The national Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) monitors priority health risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death, disability, and social problems among youth and adults in the United States. The national YRBS is conducted every two years and provides data representative of 9th through 12th grade students in public and private schools throughout the United States.


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