New Study Reveals Rampant Bullying in US Classrooms: News Roundup

Bullying is not new; every one of us has a story. But with the recent string of high-profile suicides involving anti-gay bullying and surprising results from a new study from the Josephson Institute of Ethics, everyone from parents to the President are realizing how serious an issue it truly is for our students.

  • 50% said they had "bullied, teased or taunted someone at least once."
  • 47% had been "bullied, teased or taunted in a way that seriously upset me at least once."
  • 52% of students have hit someone in anger.
  • 28% (37% of boys, 19% of girls) say it's OK to hit or threaten a person who angers them.
  • 33% said violence is a big problem at their school.
The same day the study was released, the Department of Education sent a warning to schools across the country that “failing to adequately address harassment based on race, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin could put them in violation with federal anti-discrimination laws” (KKTV 11 News reports).
To reach those students being bullied and remind them that “it gets better,” the It Gets Better Project is collecting videos of everyone from Hillary Clinton to the Dixie Chicks to average Americans, telling students about their experiences being picked on when they were growing up. They were created in the wake of the high-profile suicides, but are relevant to any student who has been bullied.
Bullying, particularly related to religion, is something that we touch upon regularly in our trainings. When it comes to finding a solution to bullying, there are many pieces to the puzzle. And one piece is exposing students to difference – teaching them it’s the norm and something to be celebrated.
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– Caity Goodman