According to research conducted by UCLA, students who are bullied on a regular basis are more likely than their peers to not attend school, not like school, perceive school negatively, participate in class less and have lower test scores. In addition to poor academic performance, research conducted by the Crime Victims' Institute at Sam Houston State University found that school age bullying can lead to long term health consequences, such as physical and mental health issues, behavioral problems, eating disorders, smoking, alcohol use and homelessness.
The proportion of middle school students in Pueblo City Schools who reported having been bullied on school property in the past 12 months is the lowest in four years (30.3 percent). The proportion of their high school students has also decreased, but did increase slightly in 2012. In 2011 (the most current data available for Colorado as a whole), a lower proportion of Pueblo City Schools' high school students reported being bullied on school property than students across the state (17.0 percent v. 19.3 percent.)
2013 - Please note that the data for Pueblo is now reported for all of Pueblo County, not just Pueblo City Schools. Pueblo's middle school numbers only include grades 7 and 8, whereas Colorado's middle school numbers inlcude grade 6.
Definition: Percent of students who report having been bullied on school property during the past 12 months.
Data Source: Healthy Kids Colorado Survey: Colorado Department of Education and Pueblo City Schools.
Data Considerations: Colorado administers the survey every two years in the fall. Colorado began collecting data from middle school students in 2011. The Colorado middle school survey data cannot be used as a comparison to Pueblo students as it asks students about their lifetime experience of bullying versus past 12 months.