Nearly 900 San Francisco middle and high school students said they had carried a gun to school at least once last year, most of them saying they had done so four or more times, according to the most comprehensive district survey on school safety and climate.
In addition to the gun tallies, 1,767 students reported bringing another kind of weapon - a knife or club, for example - during the same time frame.
That's 4 percent and 8 percent respectively of the survey respondents, rates slightly below national trends, according to district officials.
About 21,000 students (out of 28,000 enrolled) participated in the middle and high school safety surveys, and their answers seemed to validate previous results from surveys that relied on much smaller sample sizes and statistical extrapolation.
But the raw numbers brought home the daily reality of guns and other alarming conditions in the city's middle and high schools.
"I don't think any principal here can deny ... that everyday there's got to be a gun on campus and we just don't know," said Guillermo Morales, principal of Thurgood Marshall Academic High School. "I would be very naive to say we don't have that problem here."
Morales said one gun has been confiscated at his school this year.
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Friday, February 13, 2009
Hundreds went to class armed, S.F. study finds
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