CNN is reporting that half of all high school students say they have bullied someone in the past year, with nearly as many saying they have been the victims of bullying, according to a new study released this week. The study of the “Ethics of American Youth,” released Tuesday, surveyed more than 40,000 high school students.
The study, which been conducted every other year since 1992 by the nonprofit Josephson Institute of Ethics, also found that one-third of all high school students say that violence is a major problem at their school, and nearly one in four say they do not feel very safe there. Weapons are also a part of the mix, with 10 percent of all students saying they took a weapon to school at least once in the past 12 months, and 16 percent admitting that they have been intoxicated at school. More than half admitted to hitting someone within the last year because they were upset.
Bullying, weapons and alcohol is the norm? No wonder academic performance is suffering. It’s probably hard to concentrate when you may be the victim of violence from a weapon, bullying that one could argue is a violent act, and you don’t feel safe. My question is, where are the parents? We know you can’t be everything to everybody, but shouldn’t you learn to respect others and to treat people as you would want to be treated at home? Perhaps that’s where they’re learning the bad behavior? Shaking our heads over at The Root.
Read more at CNN.