Tuesday, October 11, 2005

From Teasing to Torment: New National Report on School Bullying

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From GLSEN (The Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network) www.glsen.org From Teasing to Torment: Nationwide Study Reveals Student and Teacher Perceptions of Bullying and Harassment in America’s Schools New Survey Illustrates Severity of Problem, and Identifies Frequent Targets of Verbal and Physical Harassment New York – GLSEN, or the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network, today announced the results of a new survey conducted on its behalf by Harris Interactive® titled “From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America, A Survey of Students and Teachers.” The national survey of over 3,400 students aged 13-18 and over 1,000 secondary school teachers, explores students’ and teachers’ experiences with bullying and harassment, and their attitudes about this serious problem in America’s schools. “This study clearly illustrates the prevalence of bullying and harassment in America’s schools and that students who experience harassment are more likely to miss classes which can impact a student’s ability to learn,” said Kevin Jennings, Founder and Executive Director of GLSEN. “It also shows how having anti-harassment policies in schools – particularly those policies that include sexual orientation or gender identity/expression – can be associated with students feeling safer at school.” To read the full press release visit: http://www.glsen.org/cgi-bin/iowa/all/news/record/1859.html ===== FYI: Kevin Jennings, Executive Director of GLSEN, is a native of Winston-Salem, NC, and a former educator.