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Table 13.  Among students ages 12 through 18 who reported being bullied at school, percentage reporting perceived relationship of bullying to personal characteristics by bullying components: School year 2016–17
 
  Estimated
number of
students
  Perceived relationship of bullying to personal characteristics:
Bullying component   Race   Religion   Ethic origin   Disability   Gender   Sexual
orientation
  Appearance  
Total bullied 4,986,000   9.5   4.5   7.3   7.3   7.5   3.6   29.7  
                                 
Bullying components                                
Bullied without power imbalance
or repetition
370,000   3.5 !            
Bullied with either power imbalance
or repetition (not both)
1,271,000   6.0   3.6 ! 3.3   2.2 !     11.5  
Bullied with both power imbalance
and repetition
3,344,000   11.5   5.2   9.2   9.8   9.8   5.1   39.1  
                                 
Number of people bullying                                
Only one person 2,713,000   6.2   2.1 ! 4.6   4.2   4.6   2.9   19.6  
Multiple people 2,232,000   13.4   7.6   10.4   11.1   10.9   4.5   41.7  
                                 
Bullying interaction1                                
Multiple people acting alone 553,000   11.6   7.2 ! 8.0 ! 16.7   4.2 ! 3.9 ! 34.2  
Multiple people acting as a team 635,000   13.6   6.2 ! 13.6   4.5   15.1   4.0 ! 35.4  
Multiple people sometimes acting
alone and sometimes acting
as a team
1,019,000   14.6   8.9   9.1   12.5   11.5   5.2 ! 50.0  
! 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 For those who responded yes to being bullied by more than one person, whether these multiple people acted "alone", "together", or "both." Responses of "don't know" are considered valid responses but are not reported due to sample size.
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. Perceived relation may sum to more than total because students could have perceived more than one type of relation. "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 this report and differs from any reports including power imbalance estimates using the 2015 SCS data. Therefore, caution should be used in comparing estimates of power imbalance to previous years. Total bullied is based on respondents for whom data on bullying are available (98.5 percent of students). Population size 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.