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Posted at 6:30 AM ET, 12/11/2009

New school crime statistics: 32% of students reported being bullied

By Valerie Strauss

The federal government just released the latest available statistics on crime and violence in the nation’s public schools.

Friday is List Day on The Sheet, so here are some of the key findings from the report, a joint project by the Justice and Education departments.

The statistics are for the 2007-08 school year (unless otherwise noted), when an estimated 55.7 million students were enrolled in prekindergarten through grade 12 in public schools across the country.

*Among youth ages 5-18, there were 43 school-associated violent deaths, including 21 homicides and five suicides.

*85 percent of public schools recorded at least one violent crime, theft or other crime.

*In 2007, 4 percent of students ages 12–18 reported being victimized at school during the previous 6 months: 3 percent reported theft, and 2 percent reported violent victimization. Less than half of a percent of students reported serious violent victimization.

*In 2007, 10 percent of male students in grades 9–12 reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property, compared to 5 percent of female students.

*Higher percentages of African-American students (10 percent) and Hispanic students (9 percent) reported being threatened or injured with a weapon on school property than White students (7 percent) and American Indian/Alaska Native students (6 percent) .

*A greater percentage of teachers in city schools (10 percent) reported being threatened with injury than teachers in town schools (7 percent) and suburban or rural schools (6 percent each).

*Twenty percent of public schools reported that gang activities had occurred.

*In 2007, 32 percent of students ages 12–18 reported having been bullied at school during the school year:
--21 percent of students said that they had experienced bullying that consisted of being made fun of
--18 percent reported being the subject of rumors
--11 percent said that they were pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on
--6 percent said they were threatened with harm
--5 percent said they were excluded from activities on purpose
--4 percent of students said they were tried to make do things they did not want to do or that their property was destroyed on purpose.

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I find that behaviors that I consider different are lumped into these reports. I'd include things like:

-- being the subject of rumors
-- they were excluded from activities on purpose
--tried to make do things they did not want to do

I can't put these types of things in the same category as being the victim of outright violent behavior. Yes, this kind of intimidation might lead to violence, or it might lead to life as we know it.

I consider these items bullying. The rest of the article should be titled - students and teachers subject to violence/threats of violence in schools.

Posted by: RedBird27 | December 11, 2009 6:57 AM | Report abuse

Is this what happens when the children are raised by baby-sitters, nannies, daycare and part-time parents? Just a question.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 11, 2009 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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