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Table 15.  Among students ages 12 through 18 who reported being bullied at school, percentage reporting bullying location, by student and school characteristics: School year 2016–17
Student characteristic Estimated number
of students
  Bullied in
person only
  Bullied online
or by text
Total bullied 4,986,000   84.7   15.3  
Male 2,100,000   93.2   6.8  
Female 2,886,000   78.6   21.4  
White, not Hispanic or Latino 2,961,000   82.6   17.4  
Races other than White 2,025,000   87.8   12.2  
Level2, 3            
Primary 327,000   88.6   11.4 !
Middle 1,905,000   87.8   12.2  
High 2,222,000   81.2   18.8  
Combined 384,000   83.5   16.5 !
! Interpret data with caution. The standard error for this estimate is 30 to 50 percent of the estimate's value.
1 Races other than White includes respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic or Latino origins; Black, not Hispanic; and "All other races, not Hispanic or Latino." Respondents who identified themselves as being of Hispanic or Latino origin were classified as "Hispanic or Latino," regardless of their race. "Black, not Hispanic or Latino" includes African Americans. "All other races, not Hispanic or Latino" includes Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders, American Indians or Alaska Natives, and respondents of Two or more races (3.7 percent of all respondents).
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 No school match was available for 1,338,000 students, these students were not included in grade level.
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. Those who were bullied online or by text were not bullied exclusively online or by text. All students who reported being bullied online or by text also reported being bullied in another location. Total bullied is based 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.