Bullying is one of the worst things that happens at America’s schools. It victimizes children, causes trauma, and can eventually lead to the ending of a child’s life in the most severe circumstances.
Unfortunately, in America during today’s day and age, race also plays a factor as it pertains to the percentage of children who are bullied the most often in this nation’s schools. During the academic school year of 2014-15, the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) conducted a study, which thoroughly analyzed this issue.
The DOE study was titled Student Reports of Bullying: Results From the 2015 School Crime Supplement to the National Crime Victimization Survey. This federal research project looked into a number of aspects, including how often bullying is reported and the extent to which school administrators respond to and prevent it.
On Tuesday (January 3rd), an article publicizing the DOE’s report was published on the website of The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education (JBHE). This JBHE article accurately summed up the DOE’s report and contained the following words outlining the conclusions of the U.S. government’s assessment of bullying as it applies to race in America’s schools.
A portion of the JBHE report reads as follows:
“When we break down the figures by racial and ethnic group, we find some significant differences. Overall, 24.7 percent of Black students ages 12 to 18 were bullied at school during the school year, compared to 21.6 percent of White students. Black students were more likely to be bullied in hallways and stairwells but were less likely to be bullied outside on school grounds.” (JBHE.com)
The JBHE also reported that the DOE was able to conclude how often bullying occurs on a national average against black students. The JBHE claimed the following:
“Black students were significantly more likely than Whites to be bullied once or twice a week. Blacks were slightly more likely than Whites to report the bullying to an adult. Blacks were more likely than Whites to be bullied by the spreading of false rumors, being insulted or called names and by acts or threats of violence.” (JBHE.com)
Parents can certainly protect their child(ren) from bullying by taking the academic training of their children into their own hands. Black parents, in particular, must understand that the failing public system that was never designed to protect them or their children is not going to willingly enforce unbiased justice on their time and terms any time soon.