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By Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal
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: 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 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 could 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
This is a collection of work that reminds others that every person’s story counts. When we recognize that each narrative contributes to the student and/or school experience, we will begin to hear the silent stories. Many of those are stories about being bullied. We need to lift our voices to tell them so we can help prevent it from happening. We need to listen deeply to those who tell their stories, even the uncomfortable, especially the uncomfortable ones.