Bullying is when a person or group repeatedly tries to harm someone who is weaker or who they think is weaker. Sometimes it involves direct attacks such as hitting, name calling, teasing or taunting. Sometimes it is indirect, such as spreading rumors or trying to make others reject someone.

Often people dismiss bullying among kids as a normal part of growing up. But bullying is harmful. It can lead children and teenagers to feel tense and afraid. It may lead them to avoid school. In severe cases, teens who are bullied may feel they need to take drastic measures or react violently. Others even consider suicide. For some, the effects of bullying last a lifetime.

  1. 60% of middle school students say that they have been bullied, while 16% of staff believes that students are bullied.

  2. 160,000 students stay home from school every day due to bullying. (NEA)

  3. 30% of students who reported they had been bullied said they had at times brought weapons to school.

  4. 20% of all children say they have been bullied.

  5. 20% of high school students say they have seriously considered suicide within the last 12 months.

  6. 25% of students say that teachers intervened in bullying incidents while 71% of teachers say they intervened.

  7. Bullying was a factor in 2/3 of the 37 school shootings reviewed by the US Secret Service.