Link (Dec 17, 2014)
In the near future, I plan to re-introduce legislation that will amend the Public School Code to require nonpublic schools to adopt a bullying policy and to review this policy annually with students. It is my sincere hope you will join me in this effort.
The statistics regarding bullying are truly alarming. For example, in a 2009 nationally-representative sample of youth grades 9-12, 19.9 percent reported being bullied on school property in the 12 months preceding the survey. The prevalence was higher among females (21.2 percent) than males (18.7 percent). Additionally, bullying generally peaks in middle childhood, and decreases over the high school years. According to a recent U.S. Department of Justice survey, almost 43 percent of 6th graders report having been bullied, compared to about 24 percent of 12th graders. Bullying can have lasting psychological effects on victims, and continues to be a problem of national implications – disrupting a child’s learning environment and, all too often, their life.