Two-thirds of 13- to 18-year-olds reported that they were verbally or physically harassed or bullied in school in 2004, according to a national survey.
Based on responses collected nationwide from 3,400 teenagers and 1,000 secondary school teachers, the survey was released last week by the New York-based Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network. Harris Interactive, a Rochester, N.Y.-based research firm, conducted the nationally representative online survey in January.
According to the poll, 39 percent of teenagers said students are harassed most frequently because of the way they look or their body size. The next most common reason cited was students’ perceived sexual orientation; 33 percent of respondents said students are targeted for abuse because their peers think they are bisexual, lesbian, or gay. Among the students who experienced harassment in school, more than half said they never reported the problem to teachers or other school authorities.
A version of this article appeared in the October 19, 2005 edition of Education Week