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Table 4
Total number of students expelled for GFSA violations, by state, 1996-97 to 1997-98

 

Year

     

State

1996-97

1997-98

# Change

% Change

Data Caveats

Alabama

91

82

-9

-10%

 

Alaska

19

17

-2

-11%

 

Arizona

152

111

-41

-27%

 

Arkansas

62

57

-5

-8%

 

California

723

382

-341

-47%

The figures reported for 1996-97 were not broken out by type of firearm.

Colorado

131

76

-55

-42%

The figure shown for 1996-97 is primarily for firearms. This figure has been revised from the data originally submitted for 1996-97 which was for ALL weapons, not just firearms.

Connecticut

19

9

-10

-53%

 

Delaware

7

29

22

314%

 

District of Columbia

0

4

4

--

 

Florida

202

153

-49

-24%

 

Georgia

244

203

-41

-17%

 

Hawaii

0

3

3

--

 

Idaho

33

42

9

27%

 

Illinois

250

86

-164

-66%

The large shift from 1996-97 was due primarily to better reporting. Prior to 1997-98, the expulsions reported under "other firearms" included expulsions for BB guns, sling shots, and other weapons. Expulsions for handguns/rifles/shotguns dropped 25% in 1998.

Indiana

109

62

-47

-43%

 

Iowa

40

30

-10

-25%

 

Kansas

43

33

-10

-23%

 

Kentucky

70

72

2

3%

 

Louisiana

88

27

-61

-69%

 

Maine

13

5

-8

-62%

 

Maryland

73

64

-9

-12%

The figures reported for 1996-97 were for the number of incidents, rather than expulsions.

Massachusetts

54

46

-8

-15%

For 1997-98, 11 districts were unable to provide information on the number of expulsions that were referred to an alternate placement.

Michigan

92

99

7

8%

 

Minnesota

18

45

27

150%

The information shown for 1997-98 under handguns is actually handguns and rifles/shotguns combined.

Mississippi

11

47

36

327%

The 1996-97 information was submitted for handguns only.

Missouri

318

179

-139

-44%

For 1996-97, the reported figures may include other weapons such as knives, air guns, or brass knuckles. For 1997-98, this reporting problem was significantly reduced but not eliminated.

Montana

12

17

5

42%

 

Nebraska

20

11

-9

-45%

The information for both 1996-97 and 1997-98 is for all firearms combined. It is not broken out by type of weapon.

Nevada

54

36

-18

-33%

 

New Hampshire

15

5

-10

-67%

 

New Jersey

57

40

-17

-30%

 

New Mexico

71

32

-39

-55%

For 1996-97, 20 expulsions were reported separately for an unknown firearm.

New York

128

91

-37

-29%

The data for 1997-98 represent 78 percent of all LEAs and 71 percent of LEAs in 1996-97. For both years, all 5 of the largest LEAs are included.

North Carolina

138

121

-17

-12%

The figure shown for 1996-97 has been revised from the figure originally submitted for 1996-97. The data shown here are estimates.

North Dakota

1

1

0

0%

 

Ohio

937

119

-818

-87

The 1996-97 figures are for expulsions for use/possession of all weapons, rather than just firearms. These figures are not comparable to the figures submitted for 1997-98.

Oklahoma

0

17

17

--

 

Oregon

85

135

50

59%

 

Pennsylvania

200

193

-7

-4%

 

Rhode Island

7

10

3

43%

 

South Carolina

94

85

-9

-10%

 

South Dakota

7

49

42

600%

For 1997-98, 5 unidentified firearms violations were not available by grade. They are included in the total by type of firearm under "other" and in the overall total but are not included in the totals by grade.

The large increase in expulsions from previous years is due to better data. In addition, for 1997-98, over 95% of the districts responded. This is a substantial increase from previous years.

Tennessee

98

192

94

96%

 

Texas

532

424

-108

-20%

 

Utah

80

9

-71

-89%

For 1996-97, some of the reported expulsions may have been for other reasons than bringing a gun to school.

Vermont

5

5

0

0%

Included in the 5 reported 1997-98 incidents is a case where one student brought 2 guns (a handgun and a hunting rifle). This was counted as one incident under "handgun."

Virginia

92

99

7

8%

Virginia does not differentiate between handguns and rifles.

Washington

146

190

44

30%

 

West Virginia

27

17

-10

-37%

 

Wisconsin

54

66

12

22%

 

Wyoming

0

0

0

--

 
           

Puerto Rico

0

1

--

--

 

American Samoa

--

0

--

--

 

Guam

0

0

--

--

 

Northern Marianas

1

0

-1

--

 

Virgin Islands

1

2

1

100%

 

 

Total

5,724

3,930

-1,794

-31

 

Number of states with data for both years:      55


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