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6. Prevalence of students being bullied at school*
Bullying can contribute to a climate of fear and intimidation in schools. Students ages 12 through 18 were asked if they had been bullied (that is, picked on or made to do things they did not want to do) at school.
- In 2001, 8 percent of students reported that they had been bullied at school in the last 6 months, up from 5 percent in 1999 (table 6.1).
- Both males and females were more likely to be bullied in 2001 than in 1999 (figure 6.1 and table 6.1). In 2001, males were more likely than females to be bullied (9 and 7 percent, respectively); however, in 1999 no such difference could be detected (5 percent each).
- The percentage of students who reported that they had been bullied increased between 1999 and 2001 for each racial/ethnic group except Black students (table 6.1). About 6 percent of Black students in both years reported they had been bullied. Between 1999 and 2001, the percentage of students bullied increased from 5 percent to 9 percent for White students, from 4 percent to 8 percent for Hispanic students, and from 3 percent to 7 percent for other, non-Hispanic students.
- In 2001, there were few differences detected among racial/ethnic groups in the percentage of students who reported being bullied (table 6.1). The exception was that White students were more likely to report being victimized by bullies than were Black students (9 percent and 6 percent, respectively).
- In 2001, students in lower grades were generally more likely to be bullied than students in higher grades (table 6.1). For example, 14 percent of students in 6th grade reported being bullied, compared with 2 percent of students in grade 12.
*This indicator has been updated to include 2001 data.