Some of the new reports are pretty scary as more students are carrying weapons into schools to protect themselves against bullies. The statistics which are outlined in the Channel One News video and transcript below say the trend is growing and schools must prepare for it.
The video is here and the transcripts are below > http://www.channelone.com/a-report-on-bullying/
Maggie: We all know that bullying is a widespread problem in our
schools. But even with increased awareness and programs to fight it, the
number of victims continues to grow. And now a new report shows that
the way some victims are handling it is as worrisome as the problem
itself. Shelby Holliday has the story.
Student: All of this name calling and pushing made me feel horrible.
Shelby: Bullying impacts schools and students across the country.
Student: I’ve been called so many different names, it’s unbelievable. I’ve been called fat, ugly, stupid…
Shelby: And despite school programs and outreach events, studies suggest that bullying in American schools is on the rise.
Andre Kar: I think people don’t really realize how real it is until you actually see it for yourself.
Shelby: One new report out analyzes a detailed survey of more than
15,000 high school students who were asked questions about bullying. The
survey, conducted by the Centers for Disease Control, found that 20% of
those high school students reported being victims of bullying within
the last 12 months. But what is more troubling to researchers is that
some bullied students are bringing dangerous weapons to class.
Sixteen-year-old Lisa Lovolos brought a paring knife to her school in Philadelphia after months of being bullied.
Lisa Lovolos: I knew I was wrong to have it but, I mean, I felt like I needed something to protect myself.
Shelby: Lisa was arrested and suspended for five days. But she is not the only one violating school rules.
Dr. Andrew Adesman: They’re telling us that there’s practically one child in every classroom that is carrying a weapon.
Shelby: After taking a closer look at the survey, researchers
estimate that about 200,000 bullied high school students are bringing
weapons like knives, guns and clubs to school. And they say that being
bullied increases a kid’s chances of carrying weapons.
Of the 20% of high school students who said they have been bullied,
8.6% say they have carried a weapon to school compared to 4.7% of
students who said they haven’t been bullied.
Researchers also found four risk factors related to bullying that
boost that number even higher. If a student skips school because of
immediate concerns about their safety, have had their property stolen or
damaged, have been threatened with or injured with a weapon in school,
and has been in a physical fight, they are 31 times more likely to bring
a weapon to school.
Dr. Adesman: This is a group that’s not only traumatized
psychologically and they worry for themselves physically, but they also
pose a threat to the rest of the student body.
Shelby: Researchers say that they hope the new report will help
teachers, principals and parents do a better job of dealing with school
bullies and their victims to make sure the bullying doesn’t lead to more