THERE IS A PANDEMIC OF BULLYING, VIOLENCE AND FEAR IN AMERICAN SCHOOLS

Students are victims of a higher rate of crime at school than anywhere else.

Of the 55.6 million students enrolled in the 2008-09 school year:

1.2 million children ages 12-18 were victims of crimes at schools.

629,800 were violent crimes classified as rape, sexual assault, robbery with threat of harm, and aggravated assault.

MURDER

There were 15 homicides of children ages 5-18 at school during the school year.

WEAPONS

8% of students report being injured with a weapon, such as a gun, knife or club on school property.
1% of students were threatened or injured with a weapon 12 or more times at school.

FEAR

On any given day, 5% of students missed school because they felt they were unsafe.
7% of students age 12-18 avoided school activities because of fear of harm or attack.

BULLYING

32% of students ages 12-18 reported being bullied at schools
4% reported being cyber-bullied during the school year.
64% of bullying went unreported to teachers and faculty.

Bullying victims have reported, among other things, being:

kicked,
spit on,
forced to do things they did not want to do.

These assaults are not included in the crime figures reported by schools.

MINIMAL REPORTING OF BULLYING ACTIVITY

85% of schools reported violent crime occurred at their school, but only 25% acknowledged bullying occurs on a weekly basis.