10 stats about bullying in Pennsylvania schools

Written by Colette Clarke, Interactive Producer | Mar 25, 2013 7:20 AM

Bullying behavior can contribute to lower attendance rates, lower student achievement, low self-esteem and depression, as well as higher rates of both juvenile and adult crime, according to Bullying in Schools author Ron Banks.

One of the most common methods for identifying a potential bullying problem in a school is a student survey. In 2011, the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency's PA Youth Survey (PAYS) asked students a series of eight questions about bullying at school and internet safety. Below are some results from that survey:

  • More than one half of Pennsylvania students (50.3%) reported that other students tell lies about them or spread false rumors
  • 41.7% of Pennsylvania students have been called names or teased
  • 32.9% of Pennsylvania students have been left out of things on purpose
  • 15.9% of Pennsylvania students have been hit, kicked, pushed, or shoved in the past year
  • 19.8% of Pennsylvania students have had other students take their money or damage their things
  • 12.3% of Pennsylvania students report having been sexually harassed on the internet
  • 12.1% of Pennsylvania students report that other students have used “the internet or a cell phone to threaten or embarrass them”
  • Male students are more likely than female students to report physical forms of bullying. For example, 19.5% of male students reported having been hit, kicked, pushed, or shoved, compared to 12.5% of female students.
  • In contrast, female students are more likely to report non-physical forms of bullying. For example, 38.2% of female students reported having been left out of things on purpose, compared to 27.7% of male students.
  • The percetage of youth reporting sexual harrasment in the internet peaks in 10th grade, with 15% of students

Below are the full findings of the 2011 PAYS on bullying.


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Pushed Around is witf's project on bullying. It is supported by Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

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  • mband2008 img 2013-10-19 13:56

    I find the statistics reported to the Pa. Department of Education under the Pass Act for the New Hope Solebury School District( enrollment 1600) shocking and disturbing to say the least.According to the records I obtained under The Right to Know Law, there were ZERO incidents of bullying reported by the district for three out of the last four years-2009-2010;2010-2011;2012-2013. There were just five incidents for 2011-2012 (.3%). None are so blind as those with eyes who will not see and those with ears that will not hear [the pain of innocent victims.]"

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