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Bullies, drugs and disrespect top concerns for schools

By KJ Mullins     Apr 29, 2010 in World
More than one-third of Americans say that they have faced a bully in school according to a new survey out by the nonpartisan, nonprofit research organization Public Agenda.
Bullying is faced by many in American schools but it is not considered by most to be the biggest problems facing schools. Illegal drugs and lack of respect for teachers rank as the biggest threat based on on a Public Agenda survey of 1,001 people, including 262 parents of children under 18, conducted from April 8 – 11, 2010.
Bullying is a concern for 74 percent of those who took the survey who said that bullying and harassment are serious problems in their local schools, for 47 percent it is considered a very serious issue.
Just slightly ahead of bullying was the issue of illegal drugs and students treating teachers with a lack of respect with 76 percent of those surveyed, with 53 percent calling illegal drugs and 50 percent saying disrespect for teachers was "very serious."
The population least concerned with these issues are the parents but not by a large difference. Sixty-nine percent of parents say bullying is a serious problem (40 percent say "very serious"), seventy percent say disrespect for teachers is a serious problem (45 percent say "very serious"), and 68 percent say illegal drugs are a serious problem (39 percent say "very serious").
Fighting and cheating bothered 59 percent and 55 percent of the total public.
Those adults who had faced a bully while in school were more likely to consider bullying a very serious problem than those who were not bullied. Over half of the women surveyed (53 percent) considered bullying a very serious problem compared to their male counterparts.
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