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Bullying

Question:
How many students are bullied at school?

Response:
In 2011, about 28 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being bullied at school during the school year. Of those students who reported being bullied at school, 18 percent reported that they were made fun of, called names, or insulted. Eighteen percent of students reported being the subject of rumors, 5 percent reported being threatened with harm, and 3 percent reported that others tried to make them do things they did not want to do. Six percent of students reported being excluded from activities on purpose, 3 percent reported that their property was destroyed by others on purpose, and 8 percent said they were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on. In 2011, about 21 percent of students who were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on at school during the school year reported being injured as a result of the incident.

Students’ reports of being bullied at school varied by student and school characteristics. In 2011, a higher percentage of females than of males ages 12–18 reported that they were made fun of, called names, or insulted (19 vs. 16 percent), were the subject of rumors (24 vs. 13 percent), and were excluded from activities on purpose (6 vs. 5 percent). The percentage of males (9 percent) who reported being pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on was higher than the percentage of females (7 percent) who reported being subjected to the same type of bullying.


Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, by selected bullying problems and sex: 2011

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NOTE: "At school" includes the school building, on school property, on a school bus, or going to and from school. Bullying types do not sum to total "bullied at school" category because students could have experienced more than one type of bullying.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2014). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013 (NCES 2014-042), Figure 11.1.


Overall, the percentage of students who reported being bullied at school was highest for White students and lowest for Asian students in 2011. Specifically, 15 percent of Asian students ages 12–18 reported being bullied at school during the school year, compared with 31 percent of White students, 27 percent of Black students, and 22 percent of Hispanic students.

In 2011, about 37 percent of 6th-graders reported being bullied at school, compared with 30 percent of 7th-graders, 31 percent of 8th-graders, 26 percent of 9th-graders, 28 percent of 10th-graders, 24 percent of 11th-graders, and 22 percent of 12th-graders.

By school sector, a higher percentage of public school students than of private school students reported being bullied and being subjects of selected bullying problems at school in 2011. Twenty-eight percent of public school students reported being bullied at school, compared with 21 percent of private school students. Additionally, there were differences by urbanicity: a lower percentage of students in urban areas (25 percent) reported being bullied at school than students in suburban and rural areas in 2011 (29 and 30 percent, respectively).

Approximately 9 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being cyber-bullied anywhere during the school year. With the exception of being the subject of harassment while gaming and being excluded online, female students ages 12–18 reported being the victims of all other types of cyber-bullying problems at higher percentages than males in 2011.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics. (2014). Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2013 (NCES 2014-042), Indicator 11 .

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