Bullying: The numbers

Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2003

An increasing number of children are bullies, victims of bullying or both, and many other young people witness bullying as bystanders. A look at the scope of the problem:

7.9 percent of students age 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school during the past six months in 2001. That compares with 5.1 percent in 1999, the Education Department says.

8.6 percent of boys said they were bullied in 2001; 7.1 percent of girls said they were.

29 percent of public schools reported that student bullying happened at least once a week in 1999-2000, the department says. That is more than all other discipline problems reported, including incidents of disrespect for teachers and student racial tensions.

at the middle school level, 43 percent of schools reported bullying happened at least once a week.

in all, 29 percent of students in grades six to 10 were involved in some aspect of bullying, either as a bully, a victim or both, according to a 2001 report by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

32 percent of high school students say their school has problems with students who bully or harass each other, according to a 2003 report by Public Agenda, an opinion research organization; 49 percent of high school students say teachers spend more time trying to keep order in class than teaching.

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