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80,000 Kids Just Replied to a Survey About Bullying. Here’s What Surprised Their Educators Most

The 74 Million – Kate Stringer

“That’s why, in conjunction with National Bullying Prevention Month this October, a nonprofit called YouthTruth released data gathered from 80,000 students in 21 states between the fall of 2012 and the spring of 2015. Their schools, which pay YouthTruth to conduct candid, anonymous surveys of students, are split among urban, suburban and rural areas, are varied in wealth and size, and span the country from the East to West coasts, the South and the Midwest. Nationwide, YouthTruth found that 25 percent of students reported having been bullied, echoing the results of other national studies. But far more important for teachers and administrators is that the organization reports specific findings back to each individual school, including students’ comments. These reports have shown a tremendous disconnect between teachers’ perceptions and what their students say is happening in their school hallways, cafeterias and classrooms.”(more)

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