Bullying and School Climate Statistics

Let's Get Real

Let's Get Real

Examines issues that lead to taunting and bullying, including racial differences, perceived sexual orientation, learning disabilities, religious differences, sexual harassment and others. Part of The Respect For All Project.

Bullying is not a rite of passage. Allowing name-calling and bullying to go unchecked compromises student performance, damages mental and physical health, and perpetuates a cycle that can lead to ever-greater forms of violence.

Just how pervasive has teasing and bullying become and what kind of threat does it pose for today’s youth?

Bullying has reached epidemic proportions in American schools and communities.

Bullying is linked to prejudice and ignorance.

Bullying has serious physical and mental health as well as academic consequences for youth.

Unchecked bullying can escalate to more serious violence.

Even the best teacher can’t teach a student who is not present because they don’t feel safe.

School climate has a significant impact on well-being and achievement for students and teachers.



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16 National Education Association