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Table 230.45. Percentage of students ages 12-18 who reported being bullied at school during the school year, by type of bullying and selected student and school characteristics: Selected years, 2005 through 2019 
[Standard errors appear in parentheses]
Year and student or school characteristic Total bullied at school1 Type of bullying
Made fun of, called names, or insulted Subject of rumors Threatened with harm Tried to make do things did not want
to do
Excluded from activities on purpose Property destroyed on purpose Pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
20052 28.5   (0.70) 18.9   (0.58) 14.9   (0.54) 4.9   (0.32) 3.5   (0.27) 4.6   (0.30) 3.5   (0.29) 9.2   (0.46)
2007 31.7   (0.74) 21.0   (0.62) 18.1   (0.61) 5.8   (0.35) 4.1   (0.27) 5.2   (0.30) 4.2   (0.28) 11.0   (0.42)
2009 28.0   (0.83) 18.8   (0.65) 16.5   (0.66) 5.7   (0.34) 3.6   (0.28) 4.7   (0.34) 3.3   (0.28) 9.0   (0.48)
2011 27.8   (0.76) 17.6   (0.62) 18.3   (0.61) 5.0   (0.30) 3.3   (0.26) 5.6   (0.34) 2.8   (0.23) 7.9   (0.38)
2013 21.5   (0.66) 13.6   (0.51) 13.2   (0.50) 3.9   (0.27) 2.2   (0.21) 4.5   (0.30) 1.6   (0.20) 6.0   (0.39)

20153
20.8   (0.99) 13.3   (0.87) 12.3   (0.83) 3.9   (0.44) 2.5   (0.36) 5.0   (0.52) 1.8   (0.30) 5.1   (0.49)
2017 20.2   (0.71) 13.0   (0.56) 13.4   (0.59) 3.9   (0.32) 1.9   (0.23) 5.2   (0.39) 1.4   (0.16) 5.3   (0.37)

20194 
                                               
Total 22.2   (0.85) 13.8   (0.66) 15.3   (0.79) 4.5   (0.41) 2.4   (0.31) 6.0   (0.51) 1.7   (0.26) 5.2   (0.43)

Sex
                                               
Male 19.1   (1.04) 11.8   (0.86) 11.9   (0.88) 4.7   (0.58) 2.5   (0.44) 3.7   (0.50) 1.8   (0.39) 6.2   (0.62)
Female 25.5   (1.18) 15.9   (0.93) 18.9   (1.12) 4.3   (0.51) 2.2   (0.40) 8.5   (0.78) 1.6   (0.32) 4.1   (0.59)

Race/ethnicity
                                               
White 24.6   (1.16) 16.6   (0.92) 16.6   (1.03) 5.0   (0.52) 2.2   (0.38) 7.1   (0.68) 1.8   (0.32) 5.0   (0.51)
Black 22.2   (2.48) 10.7   (1.95) 16.1   (2.02) 4.2   (1.15) 2.3 ! (0.93) 4.1 ! (1.33) 3.6 ! (1.19) 7.2   (1.62)
Hispanic 18.0   (1.32) 10.5   (1.05) 12.8   (1.23) 4.2   (0.76) 2.4   (0.55) 5.4   (0.95) 1.1 ! (0.42) 3.9   (0.76)
Asian/Pacific Islander 13.7   (2.67) 9.7   (2.48) 9.5   (2.23)   (†) 2.5 ! (1.26)   (†)   (†) 3.6 ! (1.41)
Asian 13.5   (2.71) 9.3   (2.47) 9.4   (2.26)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†) 3.1 ! (1.31)
Pacific Islander   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
American Indian/Alaska Native   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)   (†)
Two or more races 37.1   (5.96) 19.0   (4.35) 23.2   (5.79) 6.6 ! (2.83)   (†) 10.0 ! (3.23)   (†) 11.4   (3.19)

Grade
                                               
6th 28.1   (2.68) 18.4   (2.20) 15.4   (2.16) 3.9   (1.01)   (†) 7.0   (1.58) 2.0 ! (0.87) 8.2   (1.91)
7th 28.0   (2.36) 20.3   (2.17) 20.3   (2.13) 5.9   (1.06) 3.0 ! (0.95) 9.0   (1.71) 3.0   (0.79) 6.9   (1.16)
8th 26.7   (2.14) 17.4   (1.62) 18.9   (1.87) 6.5   (1.13) 3.6   (0.84) 7.6   (1.15) 2.1   (0.56) 8.3   (1.36)
9th 18.9   (1.95) 13.2   (1.74) 12.7   (1.67) 4.8   (1.04) 3.3   (0.95) 3.5   (0.86) 0.7 ! (0.28) 5.5   (1.21)
10th 18.7   (1.72) 10.7   (1.35) 11.0   (1.60) 3.9   (0.93) 2.0 ! (0.67) 4.5   (0.90)   (†) 3.3   (0.78)
11th 21.7   (2.08) 9.5   (1.50) 17.0   (1.97) 4.2   (1.15) 1.3 ! (0.56) 5.5   (1.19) 3.4 ! (1.23) 2.1 ! (0.69)
12th 15.8   (1.90) 8.6   (1.36) 12.0   (1.67) 1.7 ! (0.64) 1.4 ! (0.61) 5.5   (0.97)   (†) 2.8 ! (0.93)

School locale5
                                               
City 22.4   (1.80) 13.2   (1.39) 14.2   (1.36) 5.1   (0.86) 2.7   (0.69) 5.4   (0.87) 1.6   (0.43) 6.4   (0.98)
Suburban 20.5   (1.18) 12.3   (0.96) 14.8   (1.19) 3.5   (0.56) 2.3   (0.44) 5.2   (0.77) 1.6   (0.43) 3.5   (0.66)
Town 21.7   (2.37) 14.1   (1.98) 16.4   (2.37) 5.1   (1.36) 2.4 ! (0.92) 7.2   (1.46) 3.4 ! (1.38) 5.1   (1.40)
Rural 27.7   (1.89) 18.0   (1.48) 19.1   (1.89) 6.1   (1.06) 2.5 ! (0.75) 8.8   (1.32) 1.7 ! (0.52) 7.5   (1.12)

Control of school5
                                               
Public 22.7   (0.90) 14.3   (0.68) 15.5   (0.84) 4.8   (0.46) 2.5   (0.32) 6.1   (0.52) 1.8   (0.29) 5.5   (0.47)
Private 21.7   (3.86) 8.3   (2.26) 18.4   (3.61)   (†)   (†) 8.1   (2.38)   (†) 3.2 ! (1.32)
†Not applicable.
!Interpret data with caution. The coefficient of variation (CV) for this estimate is between 30 and 50 percent.
‡Reporting standards not met. Either there are too few cases for a reliable estimate or the coefficient of variation (CV) is 50 percent or greater.
1 In the total for students bullied at school, students who reported more than one type of bullying were counted only once.
2 In 2005 and prior years, the period covered by the survey question was “during the last 6 months,” but this was changed to “during this school year” beginning in 2007. Cognitive testing suggested that modifications to the reference period would not have a substantial impact on the survey responses.
3 The 2015 survey included a split sample design to compare two versions of an updated questionnaire on bullying that would provide data on repetition and power imbalance aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s uniform definition of bullying. Half the sample received version 1, and the other half received version 2. Estimates in this table are based on the 50 percent of the sample who received version 1 of the questionnaire. For more information, see Split-Half Administration of the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey Methodology Report (NCES 2017-004).
4 The 2019 survey included a split sample design to compare two versions of an updated questionnaire on bullying. Approximately 60 percent of the sample received version 1, which was consistent with prior years; the remaining 40 percent received version 2, which included changes such as removing the word “bullying.” Estimates in this table are based on the 60 percent of the sample who received version 1 of the questionnaire. For more information, see Methodology Report: Split-Half Administration of the 2019 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCES 2021-016).
5 Excludes students with missing information about the school characteristic.
NOTE: "At school" includes in the school building, on school property, on a school bus, and going to and from school. Race categories exclude persons of Hispanic ethnicity. Some data have been revised from previously published figures.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, selected years, 2005 through 2019. (This table was prepared December 2020.)

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