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Bullying Statistics

Bullying is a form of child abuse and 4 out of 10 children will drop out of high school this year because they are being bullied at school or abused at home.

School Bullying Statistics:

  • 30% of U.S. students in grades six through ten are involved in moderate or frequent bullying – as bullies, as victims, or as both – according to the results of the first national school bullying statistics and cyberbullying statistics survey on this subject.
  • School bullying and cyberbullying are increasingly viewed as an important contributor to youth violence, including homicide and suicide.

(Case studies of the shooting at Columbine High School and other U.S. schools have suggested that bullying was a factor in many of the incidents.)

Recent School Bullying and Cyberbullying Statistics Show That:

  • 1 out of 4 kids are Bullied.
  • 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally, & physically. Cyberbullying statistics are rapidly approaching similar numbers, with 43% experiencing cyberbullying.
  • Of the 77% of students that said they had been bullied, 14% of those who were bullied said they experienced severe (bad) reactions to the abuse.
  • 1 in 5 students admit to being a bully, or doing some “Bullying.”
  • Each day 160,000 students miss school for fear of being bullied.
  • 43% of kids fear harassment in the bathroom at school.
  • 100,000 students carry a gun to school.
  • 28% of youths who carry weapons have witnessed violence at home.
  • 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.
  • More youth violence occurs on school grounds as opposed to on the way to school.
  • Playground school bullying statistics – Every 7 minutes a child is bullied. Adult intervention – 4%. Peer intervention – 11%. No intervention – 85%.

School Crime and Safety:

(According To The Bureau Of Justice School Bullying and Cyberbullying statistics Study)

  • Teenagers say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.
  • 87% said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.”
  • 86% said, “other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.
  • Students recognize that being a victim of abuse at home or witnessing others being abused at home may cause violence in school according to recent school bullying statistics and cyberbullying statistics.
  • 61% said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.
  • 54% said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.
  • The school bullying statistics and cyberbullying statistics showed that students say their schools are not safe.

The study indicated that 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 school.

Effects of Bullying

The effects of bullying can be devastating and last a lifetime. While these effects may also be caused by other factors, research has found bullying has significant effects for those who are bullied and those who bully others.

Kids Who are Bullied: Have higher risk of depression and anxiety, including the following symptoms that may persist into adulthood:

  • Increased feelings of sadness and loneliness
  • Changes in sleep and eating patterns
  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Have increased thoughts about suicide that may persist into adulthood.
    (In one study, adults who recalled being bullied in youth were 3 times more likely to have suicidal thoughts or inclinations.)
  • Are more likely to have health complaints.
    (In one study, being bullied was associated with physical health status 3 years later.)
  • Have decreased academic achievement (GPA and standardized test scores) and school participation.
  • Are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
  • Are more likely to retaliate through extremely violent measures.
    (In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.)

Kids Who Bully Others:

  • Have a higher risk of abusing alcohol and other drugs in adolescence and as adults.
  • Are more likely to get into fights, vandalize property, and drop out of school.
  • Are more likely to engage in early sexual activity.
  • Are more likely to have criminal convictions and traffic citations as adults.
    (In one study, 60% of boys who bullied others in middle school had a criminal conviction by age 24.)
  • Are more likely to be abusive toward their romantic partners, spouses or children as adults.


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