“2009 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey”
The most recent edition of a biennial national survey of health-risk behaviors among students finds that about 20 percent of respondents were victims of bullying on school grounds during the year prior to the survey, which was conducted in 2009.
The report, released this month by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in Atlanta, also found that 5.6 percent of students had carried a gun, knife, or club onto school grounds in the 30 days before they were surveyed; 7.7 percent of students had been injured by the same kinds of weapons within 12 months of the survey; and 5 percent had missed a day of school in the past 30 days because of concerns for their safety.
On a different health indicator, more than 56 respondents attended one or more physical education classes at least once during a typical school week, and a third of all students attended those classes daily.
The report chronicles student habits relating to violence, drug and alcohol use, sexual activity, physical activity, and dietary behaviors.
A version of this article appeared in the June 16, 2010 edition of Education Week as Safety and Health