Bullying in the U.S. is a huge problem although most people don’t realize the magnitude of what’s going on or how being bullied influences lives of the victims for years to come. Hopefully the new Bully movie that’s coming out soon will help raise awareness.
Here’s some statistics on bullying:
– American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Source: Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center.
– 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
– 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
– 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.
– 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
– 1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.
– 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
– Those in the lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools.
– 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying
– Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers.
– Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.
– 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to â€œget back at those who have hurt them.â€
– 86% of students said, â€œother kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying themâ€ causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.
– 61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.
– 54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.
– According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.
– Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents.
If you know someone who is being bullied- listen to them, urge them to talk to a parent, a guidance counselor or other trusted adult. Just knowing that someone cares can help them get through the tough time they are having.