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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 2016–17
 
  Estimated
number of
students
  Bullied   Among students who reported being bullied at school,
percent reporting they were:
School characteristic     Bullied without
power imbalance
or repetition
  Bullied with
repetition or power
imbalance (not both)
  Bullied with
repetition and
power imbalance
 
   All students 23,412,000   20.7   7.5   25.5   67.0  
                     
Region                    
Northeast 3,429,000   18.0   3.2 ! 23.2   73.7  
Midwest 5,093,000   23.5   8.8   24.4   66.8  
South 9,027,000   20.6   9.0   28.0   62.9  
West 5,862,000   19.9   5.8   24.0   70.2  
                     
Sector                    
Public 21,796,000   21.1   7.7   26.4   65.9  
Private1 1,616,000   15.0     9.6 ! 87.7  
Catholic 615,000   12.4 !     84.1  
Other religious 300,000   13.3 ! #     88.7  
Nonsectarian 339,000   16.3 ! #     92.3  
                     
Locale                    
City 6,863,000   19.9   6.6   27.8   65.6  
Suburb 9,386,000   18.1   6.9   26.4   66.7  
Town 2,531,000   26.9   7.8 ! 23.2   69.0  
Rural 4,565,000   23.8   9.2   23.2   67.6  
                     
Level2                    
Primary 1,290,000   25.3   5.3 ! 15.8   78.9  
Middle 7,148,000   26.7   8.1   28.7   63.2  
High 13,206,000   16.8   7.5   25.6   66.9  
Other 1,763,000   21.8   6.0 ! 17.6   76.4  
                     
Enrollment size                    
Less than 300 2,432,000   26.1   8.6 ! 18.0   73.5  
300–599 3,937,000   24.1   4.5 ! 22.1   73.4  
600–999 5,587,000   24.1   7.8   28.6   63.6  
1,000–1,499 4,610,000   18.3   9.9   28.0   62.1  
1,500–1,999 3,147,000   18.5   6.3 ! 23.1   70.6  
2,000 or more 3,515,000   12.3   8.1 ! 34.8   57.1  
                     
Student to full–time–equivalent
(FTE) teacher ratio
                   
Less than 13 students 3,714,000   22.7   5.3 ! 19.5   75.2  
13 to less than 16 students 5,941,000   22.4   8.9   23.8   67.2  
16 to less than 20 students 7,385,000   19.9   8.1   28.9   63.0  
20 or more students 5,277,000   18.5   6.7   30.1   63.2  
                     
Percent of combined Black/
African American, Hispanic/
Latino, Asian/Native
Hawaiian/Other Pacific
Islander, American Indian/
Alaska Native, and Two or
more races students
                   
Less than 5 percent 1,198,000   19.9   7.0 ! 22.1   70.9  
5 to less than 20 percent 4,828,000   22.7   6.5   20.7   72.8  
20 to less than 50 percent 6,460,000   22.7   7.7   30.6   61.8  
50 percent or more 10,452,000   18.6   8.1   25.5   66.3  
                     
Percent of students eligible for
free or reduced–price lunch3
                   
0 to less than 20 percent 3,817,000   20.4   7.7   27.2   65.1  
20 to less than 50 percent 8,068,000   19.8   6.2   26.0   67.8  
50 percent or more 9,281,000   22.5   9.2   27.2   63.6  
# 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.
1 Total 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 through 18 who were enrolled in grades 6 through 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.
3 Data 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. "Repetition" includes students who reported being bullied more than one day or more than once in a day, as well as students who thought the bullying would happen again. "Power imbalance" includes students who reported being bullied by someone who had more power or strength (e.g., someone bigger, more popular, with more money, influence, or more power in any other way) as well as students who reported being bullied by multiple students acting as a team, or acting both alone and as a team. The inclusion of students who reported being bullied by multiple students acting as a team, or acting both alone and as a team, as part of the definition of "power imbalance" is new for the 2017 data and differs from any tables or reports including power imbalance estimates using the 2015 SCS data. Total bullied and not bullied are based on respondents for whom data on school and bullying are available. Population estimates for school characteristics are based on respondents for whom data on school and bullying are available (93.6 percent of students). 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 the 2017 SCS for all students meeting the age, grade, and school criteria is 25,023,000.
SOURCE: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey, 2017.