Nearly one in five New York City high school students reported being bullied at some point in 2011, according to a new report from the city health department.
A few trends from the report:
— Bullying in the city is more common among students in ninth grade than students in 11th and 12th grade.
— Gay students reported being bullied 29 percent of the time, more often than the 17 percent rate for students who identified as heterosexual.
— There was no statistically significant difference in the rates of bullying across ethnic groups.
— There was also no statistically significant difference in the overall rates of bulling between girls and boys, but girls where slightly more likely than boys to report having been cyber-bullied (13 percent as opposed to 9 percent).
Students who reported having been bullied were also more likely to report other behaviors that are linked with poor health outcomes. This included smoking, drug use, self-harm such as cutting and missing school because they felt unsafe. Additionally, 16 percent of bullied students had carried a weapon to school in the last 30 days, compared to 7 percent of their peers.