More on the reasons for bullying by Christina Nowacki:
In one school year, ¼ of students across grades reported that they had been harassed or bullied on school property because of their race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation or disability.
Nearly 1/3 of middle schoolers have been the object of sexual jokes, comments or gestures. Another 15% have been harassed because of religion or race.
For every LGBT student who reported being harassed, 4 straight students said they were harassed for being perceived as gay or lesbian.
I’ll come back to LGBT issues tomorrow. As we’ve learned with the stories recently in the news, they have sadly become targeted even more.
We know about the ultimate consequence to the victims – suicide – but what else?
An estimated 160,000 kids miss school every day out of fear of attack or intimidation by other students
1 out of every 10 students who drops out does so because of repeated bullying
Victims of bullying are more likely to suffer physical problems such as common colds and soughs, sore throats, poor appetite and night waking.
The effects of bullying can be long lasting.
By age 23, children who were bullied in middle school were more depressed and had lower self-esteem than their peers who had not been bullied.
Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school shooting incidents, including the fatal shootings at Columbine High School near Littleton, Colorado and Santana High School in Santee, California.
We must talk to our kids and do it often. These stats are breathtaking.