Year 1 Summary School Safety Survey

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Bullying in High School
Initial Findings from Year 1 of the School Safety Initiative
Survey Data
How often?
Students told us whether an incident happened once, rarely, sometimes, almost all of the time, or always
We asked high school students...
55.5% female, 63.8% African-American & 32.4% Caucasian, 60% Freshmen & Sophomores, 55.2% 15-16 years old.
How many?
Students told us more about the most serious incident, including how many peers harassed them. Mean # of aggressors was over 2,  mode was 1.
Whether they had experienced any social rejection - in the form of physical (P), verbal (V), social (S), or cyber (C) bullying - in the past 6 months. Out of 447 students, the following % had experienced at least one incident.
Students were also asked whether they perceived they were targeted by someone they considered a member or members of their friend group, whether they were targeted by a member or members of a social group, or whether they were targeted because of their membership in a group.
Students also identified and self-labeled 10 different cliques at the school and one "other" classification (typically including self-labeled "lone wolves"). Four cliques were various "popular" groups (e.g., snobs, jocks, rich).  These popular groups were identified as perpetrating more social (38.4%), cyber (39.4%), and verbal aggression (30%) than any of the other 7 individual groups.  They also perpetrated  25.5% of physical aggression , where so-called "ghetto" youth were also identified as perpetrators 40.6% of the time.
Students were then asked how they responded to being targeted.  Options included anti-social responses (e.g. , retaliation - doing to others what was done to me), asocial responses (e.g., withdrawal - keeping to myself), and pro-social responses (e.g., reaching out - doing nice things for others and getting help).
This research was funded by the National Institute of Justice School Safety Initiative and conducted by the Social Relations Collaborative at Mississippi State University.  If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] or visit our website at