Bullying Statistics

Following are recent statistics.
Let’s empower each other to be part of the solution to these statistics!



Bullying:   Approximately 160,000 children a day stay home from school because they are afraid of being bullied. US Dept of Education  That’s over 3 million students a month. A national survey of kids in grades 6-10, found 13 percent reported bullying others, 11 percent reported being the target of bullies, and another 6 percent said that they bullied others and were bullied themselves. Experts say the facts are troubling, because bullying too often leads to violence, loss of self-esteem, depression and even suicide. National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center 


Suicide:   According to the CDC suicide is the second leading cause of death of youth between the ages of 10 and 24. It results in approximately 4700 lives lost each year. Deaths from youth suicide are only part of the problem. More young people survive suicide attempts than actually die. A nationwide survey of youth in grades 9-12 in public and private schools in the United States (U.S.) found that 15% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 11% reported creating a plan, and 7% reporting trying to take their own life in the 12 months preceding the survey. Each year, approximately 149,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 receive medical care for self-inflicted injuries at Emergency Departments across the U.S.A new study published in JAMA Pediatrics confirms what many probably suspected regarding the detrimental effects of bullying: a significantly greater likelihood of suicide attempts. Teens who were bullied were 2.5 times as likely to attempt suicide. That likelihood was further increased in teens who were cyberbullied. “This might be because with cyberbulling, victims may feel they’ve been denigrated in front of a wider audience,” said study leader Mitch van Geel. However, teens who were involved in either side of bullying also had an increased risk: They were 2.35 times more likely to commit suicide.

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ study on high school suicides in 2019:

18.8%    seriously considered suicide

15.7%     made a plan

8.9%      attempted suicide

2.5%      required medical treatment


Violence:   According to the Secret Service and Dept. of Education, research on 37 school shootings, including Columbine, found that almost three-quarters of student shooters felt bullied, threatened, attacked or injured by others. In fact, several shooters reported experiencing long-term and severe bullying and harassment from their peers.


Substance Abuse:   As a result of bullying-related depression, adolescent girls may engage in substance use.  Jeremy Luk/Washington University Report  funded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)


Mental Health:  Half of all chronic mental health conditions begin by age 14. Half of all lifetime cases of anxiety disorders begin as early as age eight. 22 percent of youth ages 13-18 experience serious mental disorders in a given year. More than 60 percent of young adults with a mental illness were unable to complete high school. Young people ages 16-24 with mental illness are four times less likely to be involved in gainful activities, like employment, college or trade school. Those with a psychiatric disability are three times more likely to be involved in criminal justice activities. Each year, 157,000 children and young adults, ages 10-24, are treated at emergency departments for self-inflicted injuries. One in 12 high school students have attempted suicide. Sources: American Psychiatric Association, National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Bullies Target Obese Kids:  In a study conducted by the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, Teachers reported that 34 percent of the study children had been bullied, and mothers reported that 45 percent of the children had been bullied, while 25 percent of the children themselves said they had been bullied. The study was led by Julie C. Lumeng, who is an assistant professor at the university’s Department of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases and also the lead author of the paper. She says that one of the reasons bullying is so tightly-watched is because it promotes feelings of depression, anxiety and loneliness in victims. In some cases, these symptoms can get so severe that children commit suicide to escape. Bullying is worse today than in the past, because the Internet allows bullies to follow their victims throughout the day.


Obesity and Eating Disorders:   A 2003 survey reported 13.5 percent of high school students as obese. Overall obesity reported in high school boys was 17.3 percent, nearly double that of girls, which was 9.4 percent. In the United States, conservative estimates indicate that, after puberty, 5-10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men are struggling with eating disorders including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, or borderline conditions. Source: National Eating Disorders Association 33% of Anorexia respondents reported the onset of their illness between the ages of 11-15 and 43% reported the onset between the ages of 16-20. Source:  ANAD (Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders)


Drop Out Rate:   A new study from the Unviersity of Virginia found that the prevalence of teasing and bullying in schools directly increases high school dropout rates, independent of factors like socioeconomic status and academic performance. The study followed 7,082 students over their four years of high school as well as 2,764 teachers in Virginia from 2007-2011. Schools with high rates of bullying had dropout rate 29 percent above average, whereas schools with low levels of bullying had dropout rates 28 percent below average. UVA professor Dewey Cornell points out that the study is the latest piece of evidence that an inclusive school climate is vital to student success.


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People call a girl fat;
no one knows she has a serious disease that causes her to be overweight.

People call an old man ugly;
no one knows he had a serious injury to his face while serving our country in Vietnam.

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