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Table 12.  Percentage of students ages 12–18 who reported being bullied at school and the frequency of being bullied, by selected student and school characteristics: School year 2006–07
 
Bullied at school1 If yes, frequency being bullied  
Once or twice this school year Once or twice a month Once or twice a week Almost every day
Student or school characteristic Yes   No          
Total 31.7   68.3   59.6   19.7   9.6   6.3  
                         
Sex                        
Male 30.3   69.7   56.9   21.2   10.2   7.0  
Female 33.2   66.8   62.1   18.3   9.0   5.6  
                         
Race/ethnicity                        
White, not Hispanic or Latino 34.1   65.9   58.8   20.8   9.7   6.6  
Black, not Hispanic or Latino 30.4   69.6   63.4   15.9   9.8   5.7 !
Hispanic or Latino 27.3   72.7   59.8   19.2   9.5   4.8 !
All other races, not Hispanic
   or Latino2
25.3   74.7   58.0   18.5   8.6 ! 8.3 !
                         
Grade                        
6th 42.7   57.3   63.7   13.4   10.8   6.2  
7th 35.6   64.4   51.5   23.1   11.1   9.4  
8th 36.9   63.1   59.3   18.4   12.5   5.4  
9th 30.6   69.4   53.6   25.0   9.7   5.6  
10th 27.7   72.3   60.3   19.8   7.7   6.5  
11th 28.5   71.5   63.7   22.6   5.9   5.1  
12th 23.0   77.0   72.2   11.3   7.6 ! 4.7 !
                         
Household income                        
Less than $7,500 30.6   69.4   59.2   20.5 ! 12.0 !  
$7,500-14,999 35.2   64.8   60.3   12.7     15.5  
$15,000-24,999 31.0   69.0   59.2   20.1   8.0 ! 8.0 !
$25,000-34,999 33.0   67.0   60.7   15.1   11.3   9.6  
$35,000-49,999 32.4   67.6   59.0   17.7   10.6   7.7  
$50,000 or more 31.4   68.6   60.6   21.4   8.9   4.8  
                         
Urbanicity3                        
Urban 30.7   69.3   60.9   18.8   9.3   6.2  
Suburban 31.2   68.8   58.6   20.8   10.2   6.1  
Rural 35.2   64.8   60.5   18.1   8.4   6.9  
                
Self-report of grades at school4                        
Mostly A's 28.3   71.7   66.3   17.5   8.4   4.6  
Mostly B's 30.7   69.3   57.5   21.3   10.7   4.9  
Mostly C's 37.7   62.3   57.6   19.6   7.7   9.8  
Mostly D's 48.2   51.8   48.9   20.4   15.9   10.7 !
Mostly F's 69.1   30.9   44.1   16.6 ! 14.1 ! 21.4 !
                         
Student report of violent
   victimization at school5
                       
Yes 80.1   19.9   45.0   23.1   15.7   13.0 !
No 31.0   69.0   60.2   19.6   9.4   6.0  
                         
Student report of theft
   victimization at school5
                       
Yes 56.5   43.5   54.2   23.3   9.5 ! 10.9 !
No 31.0   69.0   59.9   19.5   9.6   6.0  
                         
Sector                        
Public 32.0   68.0   59.4   19.4   9.7   6.6  
Private 29.1   70.9   61.2   22.9   8.5    
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is from 30 percent to 50 percent of the estimate’s value.
‡ Reporting standards not met. The standard error for this estimate is equal to 50 percent or more of the estimate's value.
1 For the purposes of this table, students who were "bullied at school" indicated they were made fun of, had rumors spread about them, were threatened, pushed or harmed, made to do something they did not want to do, were purposefully excluded from activities, or had their property purposefully destroyed. Bullying only includes victimization by other students.
2 "All other races, not Hispanic or Latino" includes Asians, Pacific Islanders, and American Indians (including Alaska Natives) and respondents of two or more races. For this report, not Hispanic or Latino students who identified themselves as being of two or more races (1 percent of all respondents) were included in the "all other races, not Hispanic or Latino" category. Respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic or Latino origin were classified as "Hispanic or Latino," regardless of their race.
3 Urbanicity refers to the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status of the respondent's household as defined in 1990 by the U.S. Census Bureau.
4 Rates for students who responded that their schools did not give grades or there was no alphabetical equivalent are not reported.
5 Victimization data are taken from the Incident Report of the National Crime Victimization Survey and appended to the School Crime Supplement (SCS) data file. Readers should note the reference period for the victimization data is "the last 6 months" while the reference period for the SCS is "the last school year."
NOTE: "Violent" victimization includes serious violent crimes (rape, sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assault. "Theft" includes attempted and completed purse snatching, completed pickpocketing, and all attempted and completed thefts, excluding motor vehicle theft. Theft does not include robbery, in which the threat or use of force is involved. "At school" includes inside the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and on the way to and from school. Detail for the frequency of bullying may not sum to 100 percent because respondent-volunteered "don't know" responses are included in the base for the percentages listed. Population size for students ages 12–18 was 25,967,000 in 2007.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), 2007.


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