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National statistics on bullying in schools

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Posted: Tuesday, February 14, 2012 5:00 am

The numbers continue to rise every month...

- It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students.

Source: National Education Association

- American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center.

- 1 in 7 students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.

- 56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

- 15 percent of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.

- 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

- 1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.

- 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month.

- 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 schools.

- 90 percent of fourth through eighth graders report being victims of bullying

- Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers.

- Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings.

- 87 percent of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to "get back at those who have hurt them."

- 86 percent of students said, "other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them" causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools.

- 61 percent of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.

- 54 percent of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school.

- According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying.

- Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.

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