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


Table 11.5.

Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, by selected bullying problems and selected student or school characteristics: 2005, 2007, and 2009


Student or school characteristic Total bullying at school   Made fun of, called names, or insulted   Subject of rumors   Threatened with harm   Pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on   Tried to make do things did not want to do   Excluded from activities on purpose   Property destroyed on purpose  
2005 2007 2009   2005 2007 2009   2005 2007 2009   2005   2007   2009   2005 2007   2009   2005   2007   2009   2005   2007 2009   2005   2007   2009  
Total 28.1 31.7 28.0   18.7 21.0 18.8   14.7 18.1 16.5   4.8   5.8   5.7   9.0 11.0   9.0   3.5   4.1   3.6   4.6   5.2 4.7   3.4   4.2   3.3  
Sex                                                                                
Male 27.1 30.3 26.6   18.5 20.3 18.4   11.0 13.5 12.8   5.2   6.0   5.6   10.9 12.2   10.1   3.9   4.8   4.0   4.1   4.6 3.8   3.5   4.0   3.4  
Female 29.2 33.2 29.5   19.0 21.7 19.2   18.5 22.8 20.3   4.4   5.6   5.8   7.1 9.7   7.9   3.1   3.4   3.2   5.2   5.8 5.7   3.3   4.4   3.2  
Race/ethnicity1                                                                                
White 30.0 34.1 29.3   20.1 23.5 20.5   15.8 20.3 17.4   5.1   6.3   5.4   9.7 11.5   9.1   3.6   4.8   3.7   5.3   6.1 5.2   3.4   4.2   3.3  
Black 28.5 30.4 29.1   18.5 19.5 18.4   14.2 15.7 17.7   4.9   5.8   7.8   8.9 11.3   9.9   4.7   3.2   4.8   4.5   3.7 4.6   4.6   5.6   4.6  
Hispanic 22.3 27.3 25.5   14.7 16.1 15.8   12.4 14.4 14.8   4.6   4.9   5.8   7.6 9.9   9.1   2.6   3.0   2.7   3.0   4.0 3.6   2.7   3.6   2.6  
Asian 18.1 17.3   10.6 9.6   8.2 8.1         3.8 ! 5.5 !         3.4 !   1.8 !  
Other 24.6 34.1 26.7   16.3 20.1 17.4   11.6 20.8 12.9   2.1   7.7   9.7 ! 6.8 14.4   7.1 ! 2.1 ! 3.1 ! 4.5 ! 2.5 ! 7.7 4.5 ! 2.5 ! 3.4 ! 3.8 !
Grade                                                                                
6th 36.6 42.7 39.4   26.3 31.2 30.6   16.4 21.3 21.4   6.4   7.0   9.3   15.1 17.6   14.5   4.4   5.4   4.2 ! 7.4   7.4 6.6   3.9   5.2   4.0  
7th 35.0 35.6 33.1   25.2 27.6 23.6   18.9 20.2 17.3   6.3   7.4   5.7   15.4 15.8   13.1   4.7   4.1   4.6   7.1   7.7 5.6   4.6   6.0   4.6  
8th 30.4 36.9 31.7   20.4 25.1 22.8   14.3 19.7 18.1   4.3   6.9   6.8   11.3 14.2   12.8   3.8   3.6   5.4   5.4   5.4 6.9   4.5   4.6   6.1  
9th 28.1 30.6 28.0   18.9 20.3 19.2   13.8 18.1 16.6   5.3   4.6   7.1   8.2 11.4   9.7   3.2   5.1   4.0   3.8   4.5 4.5   2.7   3.5   2.9  
10th 24.9 27.7 26.6   15.5 17.7 15.0   13.6 15.0 17.0   4.9   5.8   5.8   6.8 8.6   7.3   3.6   4.6   3.1   3.6   4.6 4.0   2.9   3.4   2.9  
11th 23.0 28.5 21.1   14.7 15.3 13.9   13.4 18.7 13.9   3.2   4.9   4.8   4.2 6.5   4.4   2.8   4.2   2.5   3.3   3.9 3.6   2.6   4.4   1.5 !
12th 19.9 23.0 20.4   11.3 12.1 11.1   12.5 14.1 13.1   3.5   4.3   2.0   2.9 4.1   3.0   1.8   2.1   1.7 ! 2.2 ! 3.5 2.6   2.4   2.4   1.3 !
Urbanicity2                                                                                
Urban 26.0 30.7 27.4   17.7 20.0 17.0   13.3 15.5 16.5   5.5   5.2   6.6   8.5 9.2   9.0   4.1   3.6   4.2   4.9   4.9 4.0   3.9   4.2   4.2  
Suburban 28.9 31.2 27.5   18.9 21.1 19.3   14.6 17.4 15.5   4.4   5.7   5.2   9.0 11.2   8.9   3.1   4.1   3.2   4.5   5.0 5.0   3.0   4.0   2.9  
Rural 29.0 35.2 30.7   19.8 22.1 20.2   17.2 24.1 19.9   5.0   7.0   6.1   9.9 13.1   9.5   3.7   5.1   4.1   4.5   6.3 5.2   3.8   4.9   3.3  
Sector                                                                                
Public 28.6 32.0 28.8   19.0 21.1 19.3   14.9 18.3 16.9   5.1   6.2   5.9   9.3 11.4   9.4   3.5   4.2   3.8   4.5   5.2 4.7   3.5   4.1   3.4  
Private 22.7 29.1 18.9   15.3 20.1 13.3   12.4 16.0 11.6   0.9 ! 1.3 ! 4.4   5.5 6.5   4.5   3.0 ! 3.6   1.9 ! 6.2   5.9 4.9   2.0 ! 5.0   1.8 !
— Not available
! 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. Bullying types do not sum to total because students could have experienced more than one type of bullying.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2005, 2007, and 2009.
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