1 out of every 7 U.S. high school students have been reported as misusing prescription opioids as well as other illegal drugs. The dramatic rise in the supply of illicitly manufactured synthetic opioids as well as other drugs is continuously rising. The CDC indicates that more than 55% of opioid overdose deaths occurring nationally in 2017 among our youth involved synthetic opioids or other synthetic drugs.
Nearly 1 in 5 students were bullied at school in 2017. Youth violence is a significant problem that affects thousands of young people each day, and in turn, their families, schools, and communities. Youth violence typically involves young people hurting other peers who are unrelated to them and who they may or may not know well. Youth violence comes in different forms. Some examples would include but is not limited to just these examples; bullying, cyber bullying, fighting with peers, making threats to other peers with weapons, gang-related violence. A young person can be involved with youth violence as a victim, offender, or witness.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death for youth between the ages of 10 and 24, and results in approximately 4,600 lives being lost each year. A nationwide survey done in 2017 of high school students in the United States found that 16% of students reported seriously considering suicide, 13% reported creating a plan, and 8% reporting trying to take their own life within in the last 12 months. Each year, approximately 157,000 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 are treated at Emergency Departments across the U.S. for self-inflicted injuries.
28% of U.S. students in grades 6–12 have experienced bullying and 20% of U.S. students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.
Approximately 30% of young people admit to bullying others.
70.6% of young people say they have been a witness to bullying.
70.4% of school staff have seen bullying, 62% of that same staff witnessed bullying two or more times in the last month and 41% witness bullying once a week or more.
When bystanders intervene, bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time.
15% of our youth have experienced cyberbullying in the past year.
How Often Is Our Youth Being Bullied?
In one large study, about 49% of children in grades 4–12 reported being bullied by other students at school at least once during the past month, whereas 30.8% reported bullying others during that time.
Types of Bullying
The most common types of bullying are verbal, social and physical bullying.
According to one large study, the following percentages of middle schools students had experienced these various types of bullying: name calling (44.2 %); teasing (43.3 %); spreading rumors or lies (36.3%); pushing or shoving (32.4%); hitting, slapping, or kicking (29.2%); leaving out (28.5%); threatening (27.4%); stealing belongings (27.3%); sexual comments or gestures (23.7%); e-mail or blogging (9.9%).
Where Bullying Occurs
Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus. Bullying also happens wherever kids gather in the community. And of course, cyber-bullying occurs on cell phones and online.
According to one large study, the following percentages of middle schools’ students had experienced bullying in these various places at school: classroom (29.3%); hallway or lockers (29.0%); cafeteria (23.4%); gym or PE class (19.5%); bathroom (12.2%); playground or recess (6.2%).
How Often Are Adults Notified
Only about 20 to 30% of students who are bullied notify adults about the bullying.
In general, the U.S. has an above average amount of bullying when compared to other countries.
Bullying and Suicide
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it have been bullied, whether at school or online.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to the CDC.