Bullying Statistics from Cited Sources

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“What if the kid you bullied at school, grew up, and turned out to be the only surgeon who could save your life?” ― Lynette Mather

One of the biggest advantages to returning to college, I am finding, is the requirement to prove or cite the facts I say through credible sources. It might sound simple or obvious, but with the prevalence of “fake news” concepts being thrown around in today’s society, it is even more important that we continue to practice knowledge through reliable and trusted scientific study. It is easy, for example, to say that bullying is a big problem today. But what can that be backed up with? What studies have been done?

I am going to cite sources in this blog in the APA style I have been learning. You will then, be welcome to go to the sources to see the studies done to back up the findings on these statistics. “Fake news” is only fake if there is no credible proof. The studies are in and bullying is not “fake news”. It is a very real problem and here’s why.

  1. Bullying happens to about 28% of all school-aged youth (U.S. Department of Education, 2015).
  2. Out of the children who were bullied, 33% of them said it happened more frequently at least once or twice a month(Modecki, Minchin, Harbaugh, Guerra, & Runions, 2014).
  3. Students report that the reasons for being bullied include physical appearance, race/ethnicity, gender, disability, religion, sexual orientation (National Center for Educational Statistics, 2016).
  4. Students who are bullied by peers are 2.2 times more likely to think about suicide and 2.6 times more likely to attempt suicide (Gini & Espelage, 2014).
  5. An estimated 200,000 youth who are bullied admit to bringing a weapon to school. (“New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying | U.S. Department of Education,” n.d.) So, do you think we don’t know why there is an increase in some school shootings?

This is just the tip of the Iceberg. The PACER Center (“Bullying Statistics,” 2017) has a very exhaustive list of further facts on their site at http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp.

I think it is so important that we report both accurately and truthfully the statistics and data on bullying and really any subject. Ignorance breeds danger to both an individual and the greater public. Listen, if we are going to debate a subject as important as bullying (and we can debate it), it’s important to be able to back it up with the factual and scientific study. Otherwise, we are perpetuating our biased beliefs on others, who may believe it as well. This has happened before in 1930s Germany. You might know of the effects of that point in time and the false beliefs of the people told by the Nazi party. Debate is good for us if it is truthful. From now on, that will be my goal here on any facts that I share. I am still and always will be learning.


Bullying Statistics. (2017, December 27). Retrieved from http://www.pacer.org/bullying/resources/stats.asp

Gini, G., & Espelage, D. D. (2014) Peer victimization, cyberbullying, and suicide risk in children and adolescents. JAMA Pediatrics, 312, 545-546. Retrieved from 

Modecki, K. L., Minchin, J., Harbaugh, A. G., Guerra, N. G., & Runions, K. C. (2014). Bullying prevalence across contexts: A meta-analysis measuring cyber and traditional bullying. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55, 602-611. Retrieved from http://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(14)00254-7/abstract

National Center for Educational Statistics. (2015). Student reports of bullying and cyberbullying: Results from the 2013 school crime supplement to the National Victimization Survey. US Department of Education. Retrieved from http://nces.ed.gov/pubsearch/pubsinfo.asp?pubid=2015056

New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying | U.S. Department of Education. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-data-show-decline-school-based-bullying 

Youth Online: High School YRBS – Home Page | DASH | CDC. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://nccd.cdc.gov/youthonline/App/Default.aspx

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About Alan Eisenberg

Alan Eisenberg is a Certified Life Coach, Bullying Recovery activist and author of "A Ladder In The Dark: My journey from bullying to self-acceptance" and "Crossing the Line". He has been writing and speaking to various audiences about the issue of C-PTSD and Bullying Recovery. Mr. Eisenberg has been featured on several print, radio shows and podcasts on this issue, including NPR and in the Boston Globe. He is currently working toward his Master's Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
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  1. Amen! Thank you for bringing in the facts.

  2. Thank you for this, Alan! Where I live and probably anywhere else in the country, too many people continue to be under the misguided belief that bullying is a “normal part of growing up” or worse, deny it exists.

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