The third time's a charm right?  So let's try this again.  In the class COCO 700 we discussed bullying.  According to our textbook, a national survey was conducted with 15,000 students from 6th to 10th grade. Among those students, 1 in every 3 admitted to having experienced bullying or taken part in bullying another student. Bullying is becoming increasingly prevalent in schools. The numbers of students being bullied in school are rising. 

Shocking Bullying Statistics

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% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

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

71% 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.

90% of 4th through 8th 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% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.”

86% 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% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home.

54% 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% of school-shooting incidents.

Suicide remains among the leading causes of death of children under 14. And in most cases, the young people die from hanging. (AAS)

A new review of studies from 13 countries found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied, and suicide. (Yale School of Medicine)

The American Association of suicide found that suicide rates amon the ages of 10-14 years old have grown more than 50 percent over the last three decades.  

Research indicates that LGB youth may be more likely to think about and attempt suicide than heterosexual teens. (GLSEN)

In a 2005 survey, students said their peers were most often bullied because of their appearance, but the next top reason was because of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender expression. ("From Teasing to Torment: School Climate of America" -- GLSEN and Harris Interactive)

It's a shame to see young people end their life and its sad to see that there are people in this world who would do such a heinous act.  I wonder why the numbers are increasing.  Could it be that people are meaner then they were before?  Certainly more aggressive and violent.  What does that say about our society?  And where are the parents?  How could the parents of the bully let this happen.  And what does that say about their parents?  What are we teaching our kids?

Side note: I have worked very hard for this degree and I have spent seven miserable years in NYC. I just want this to be over. So please Hunter College, It's been real fun but let me graduate!