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Table 2.  Percentage of students ages 12 through 18 who reported being bullied at school, by bullying components and selected school characteristics: School year 2014–15

 
      Among students who reported being bullied at school, percent reporting they were:
School characteristic Bullied   Bullied without Power Imbalance or Repetition   Bullied with Repetition OR Power Imbalance (not both)   Bullied with Repetition AND Power Imbalance  
All students 20.9 47.0   31.1   21.9
                 
Region                
Northeast 18.3 45.3 29.3 25.4
Midwest 23.5 45.0 32.8 22.3
South 21.2 46.5 30.0 23.6
West 19.6 51.7 31.9 16.4
                 
Sector                
Public 21.3 46.6 32.0 21.4
Private1 15.3 56.9 32.2 !
Catholic 18.7 ! 63.2 27.8 !
Other religious 20.2 ! 74.4 #
Nonsectarian
                 
Locale                
City 21.3 45.4 33.3 21.4
Suburb 21.3 49.7 26.5 23.8
Town 20.3 42.5 44.9 12.6 !
Rural 20.0 46.8 29.7 23.6
                 
Level2                
Primary 21.8 55.7 ! 13.8 ! 30.5 !
Middle 25.9 38.2   33.5 28.4
High 18.9 53.2 31.9 14.9
Other 14.3 46.6 36.9 !
                 
Enrollment size                
Less than 300 21.4 41.7 29.7 28.6
300–599 21.2 46.6 31.5 21.9
600–999 23.7 36.0 32.2 31.8
1,000–1,499 20.1 52.7 31.2 16.2
1,500–1,999 20.5 59.0 29.2 11.8 !
2,000 or more 16.5 61.7 28.0 10.3 !
                 
Student-to-full-time-
equivalent (FTE)
teacher ratio
               
Less than 13 students 24.9 48.7 26.2 25.2
13 to less than 16 students 19.9 47.0 32.5 20.5
16 to less than 20 students 21.3 44.1 29.3 26.6
20 or more students 20.2 52.5 35.1 12.5 !
                 
Percent of combined American Indian/ Alaska Native, Asian/ Native Hawaiian/ Other Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/ Latino, and two or more races students                
Less than 5 percent 18.6 61.3 ! 28.9 !
5 to less than 20 percent 17.7 49.8 30.5 19.7
20 to less than 50 percent 25.2 42.2 31.8 26.0
50 percent or more 20.3 48.9 30.3 20.8
                 
Percent of students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch3                
0 to less than 20 percent 15.3 50.4 25.9 23.7
20 to less than 50 percent 22.1 47.3 29.2 23.5
50 percent or more 22.5 46.0 34.7 19.3
# Rounds to zero.
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is 30 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.
1Total for private schools includes: Roman Catholic schools, other religious schools, nonsectarian schools, and schools with no religious affiliation data reported.
2 The School Crime Supplement sample includes students ages 12–18 who were enrolled in grades 6–12 and, therefore, might not be representative of students in primary schools. Comparisons between students in primary schools and those in other school levels should be made with caution.
3Data on free or reduced-price lunch eligibility are only available for public schools.
NOTE: Tabular data include only students who reported being enrolled in grades 6 through 12 and not receiving any of their education through homeschooling during the school year reported. "Bullied" includes students who reported being made fun of, called names, or insulted; being the subject of rumors; being threatened with harm; being pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on; being pressured into doing things they did not want to do; being excluded from activities on purpose; and having property destroyed on purpose. "At school" includes the school building, school property, school bus, or going to and from school. Total bullied and not bullied are based on respondents for whom data on school and bullying are available. No school match was available for 859,000 students, as well as 379,000 students missing bullying victimization information not included in this table. Additional missing and not applicable school characteristic data are not shown for locale; school level; enrollment size; student to FTE teacher ratio; percent of combined American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian/Native, Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and two or more races students; and percent of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch. Detail may not sum to totals because of rounding and missing data. Population estimate based on Version 1 of the 2015 SCS for all students meeting the age, grade and school criteria is 24,622,000. This population estimate was calculated by doubling SCS person weights, and therefore will not match the population estimate calculated for the entire survey.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement (SCS - Version 1) to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2015. The 2015 SCS questionnaire was administered in two alternate versions. Only respondents completing Version 1 of the survey are included in these estimates. A complete discussion of the split-half methodology and results can be found at https://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2017004.