Persuasive Essay

Facts & Statistics The numbers continue to rise every month… – It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association. – American schools harbor approximately 2. 1 million bullies and 2. 7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center. – 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. – 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school. 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school. – 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school. – 1 out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school. – 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month. – Those in the lower grades reported being in twice as many fights as those in the higher grades. However, there is a lower rate of serious violent crimes in the elementary level than in the middle or high schools. 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying – Among students, homicide perpetrators were more than twice as likely as homicide victims to have been bullied by peers. – Bullying statistics say revenge is the strongest motivation for school shootings. – 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them. ” – 86% of students said, “Other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools. 61% of students said students shoot others because they have been victims of physical abuse at home. – 54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school. – According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying. – Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75% of school-shooting incidents. Source: http://www. makebeatsnotbeatdowns. org/facts_new. html