WASHINGTON—Roughly 62 percent of students reported being targets of traditional bullying in the 2006-07 school year, according to a new report published by the National Center for Education statistics.
The Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics-administered “School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey” evaluated 6,503 students to provide data student criminal victimization and the characteristics of crime victims and non victims. Additionally, the report includes information on gang and weapons presence on school campuses, drug availability, bullying and cyber bullying.
A few highlights of the survey include:
- 3 percent of students between the ages 12 to 18 reported being victims of theft, 0.4 percent of students reported a serious violent victimization (which includes sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and 1.6 percent of students reported a violent victimization.
- An equal percentage of males and females reported being victims of theft at school.
- 48.3 percent of respondents are said to be victims of theft; 50.3 percent of student victims of violent crime said drugs were available at their schools.
- Students who reported any criminal victimization at school also reported they were the targets of traditional bullying (62.2 percent) and cyber bullying (11.6 percent).
- 38 percent of student victims of any crime reported the presence of gangs at schools.
- 78.7 percent of student victims of theft reported that their schools used security guards or assigned police officers.