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Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2011
NCES 2012-002
February 2012


Table 11.2.

Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, by location of bullying and selected student or school characteristics: 2009


Student or school characteristic Total   Percentage of students who were bullied, by location
  Inside classroom   In hallway or stairwell   In bathroom or lockerroom   Cafeteria   Somewhere else in school   Outside on school grounds   On school bus  
Total 28.0   34.4   48.2   9.2   6.5   3.3   24.2   6.5  
Sex                                
Male 26.6   33.6   44.3   10.3   5.3   2.8   27.1   7.1  
Female 29.5   35.1   51.9   8.2   7.7   3.8   21.4   5.9  
Race/ethnicity1                                
White 29.3   32.0   51.6   9.4   7.6   3.4   20.7   8.1  
Black 29.1   39.3   46.2   10.7   3.8 ! 2.5 ! 27.5   4.0 !
Hispanic 25.5   35.1   42.8   8.0   4.1 ! 3.9 ! 30.4   3.9 !
Asian 17.3                
Other 26.7                
Grade                                
6th 39.4   29.9   38.0   9.4   8.2   3.4 ! 40.3   7.6  
7th 33.1   33.5   45.9   10.1   9.6   2.5 ! 27.2   8.3  
8th 31.7   34.4   45.1   10.5   5.4   3.0 ! 24.7   9.4  
9th 28.0   40.8   49.0   7.4   5.8 ! 4.8 ! 20.5   7.2  
10th 26.6   30.0   59.3   11.0   7.5     17.8   5.2 !
11th 21.1   39.1   52.3   4.6 ! 4.1 ! 3.8 ! 15.6   4.5 !
12th 20.4   33.3   49.2   10.6     4.9 ! 21.3   #  
Urbanicity2                                
Urban 27.4   35.4   47.1   10.9   4.6   2.4 ! 30.2   4.3 !
Suburban 27.5   34.8   46.3   8.8   7.9   4.0   23.1   6.9  
Rural 30.7   31.2   56.2   8.1   5.2   2.6 ! 18.3   8.5  
Sector                                
Public 28.8   34.4   48.9   9.1   6.4   3.3   23.5   6.7  
Private 18.9   33.9   35.9   12.6 ! 9.4 !   36.6    
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is 30 percent or greater.
‡ Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Other includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, and two or more races.
2 Refers to the Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent’s household as defined in 2000 by the U.S. Census Bureau. Categories include "central city of an MSA (Urban)," "in MSA but not in central city (Suburban)," and "not MSA (Rural)."
NOTE: "At school" includes the school building, on school property, on a school bus, or going to and from school. For more information, please see appendix A. Location totals may sum to more than 100 because students could have been bullied in more than one location.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2009.
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