ACLU Pasadena-Foothills: Bullying and Our Children

ACLU Bullying and Our ChildrenEducation experts assert that bullying has become so widespread and common that it is a leading contributor to poor student performance. According to Michele Borba, Ed.D, bullying among our youth is steadily increasing. She and other education experts feel adults are blinded to its extensive harm. Here are some important data points:

  • It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association.

  • A survey conducted by the American Association of University Women reported that 85% of girls and 76% of boys have been sexually harassed in some form and only 18% of those incidents were perpetrated by an adults.
  • Young bullies carry a one-in-four chance of having a criminal record by age 30. Study by Leonard Eron and Rowell Huesman.

  • American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims. Dan Olweus, National School Safety Center.

  • One in seven students is either a bully or victim.

  • 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.

  • 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school.

  • 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.

  • One out of 20 students has seen a student with a gun at school.

  • Mean behavior among kids is a universal problem. In a poll of 232 kids in kindergarten through 8th grade at a Connecticut elementary school, every child claimed to have been the victim of at least one schoolmate’s or sibling’s meanness in the previous month.

ACLU-SC Pasadena-Foothill Chapter Presents:


Join us for a discussion with

James Gilliam Deputy Executive Dir., ACLU-SC

Sonia Rodarte Child Welfare and Safety Director, Pasadena Unified School District

Rev. Rick Eisenlord Good Shepherd Church

Tuesday, March 8 – 7 P.M.

Neighborhood Church 301 N. Orange Grove Blvd., Pasadena 91103

Two blocks north of Orange Grove exit of 134 freeway

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