- Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society; between 15% and 30% of students are bullies or victims.
- A recent report from the American Medical Association on a study of over 15,000 6th-10th graders estimates that approximately 3.7 million youths engage in, and more than 3.2 million are victims of, moderate or serious bullying each year.
- Between 1994 and 1999, there were 253 violent deaths in school, 51 casualties were the result of multiple death events. Bullying is often a factor in school related deaths.
- Membership in either bully or victim groups is associated with school drop out, poor psychosocial adjustment, criminal activity and other negative long-term consequences.
- Direct, physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that younger students are more likely to be bullied than older students.
- Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
- 25% of teachers see nothing wrong with bullying or putdowns and consequently intervene in only 4% of bullying incidents
The facts are staggering. The title of the book explains it all. Seventy authors wrote stories of how bullying effected them. Some were victims. Some were bullies themselves. All were affected somehow by their experiences. I’m not one to support “zero tolerance” or any cookie cutter discipline in schools, but I do believe bullying needs to be addressed. I also think this book should be on the schools required reading list (although bullying doesn’t just occur in schools and in the younger generation). The stories are short, easy to read (but sometimes hard to swallow) and to the point. To learn more, go to http://www.dearbully.com/.
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