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  • A 2007 survey from the National Center for Education Statistics found that bullying continues to affect many school-aged children1: nearly 1 out of 3 students in middle and high school reported that they were bullied at school during the 2006–2007 school year. Among high school students, 1 out of 9 teens, or about 2.8 million, reported that they had been pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on during the school year. In the same survey, another 1.5 million high school students reported that they had been threatened with physical harm, and 900,000 had been cyberbullied.
  • Data from the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicate that about 20% of U.S. students in grades 9 through 12 experienced bullying on school property.2
  • The National Center for Education Statistics and Bureau of Justice Statistics reported in their 2009 School Crime Supplement that about 28% of U.S. students in grades 6 through 12 experienced traditional bullying at school during the 2008–2009 school year.3 Additionally, during the same school year, 6% of students reported being cyberbullied in other places besides at school.3

  1. National Center for Education Statistics (2010). Student victimization in U.S. schools: Results from the 2007 school crime supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Retrieved August 14, 2012, from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2010/2010319.pdf (PDF - 2.52 MB) [top]
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2011). Youth risk behavior surveillance system. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, 61, 168. Retrieved August 7, 2012, from http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/pdf/ss/ss6104.pdf (PDF - 3.46 MB) [top]
  3. National Center for Education Statistics. (2011). Results from the 2009 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. Retrieved August 7, 2012, from http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2012/2012314.pdf (PDF - 4.76 MB) [top]

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