PA Bullying Statistics
Reported Incidents of Bullying in Pennsylvania
School Districts 2014-2015
School Districts 2013-2014
School Districts 2012-2013
School Districts 2011-2012
Since 1997, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) has facilitated the Annual Safe Schools Reporting system. Every summer, each school district is required to send to PDE the number of incidents they experienced dealing with 38 types of infractions. These include possession of a weapon on school grounds to sexual assault. Since 2007, the Department has collected the number of incidents of bullying. PDE is not required by any law to collect this data and have voluntarily opted to include bullying in this report. As bullying is included in the Annual Safe Schools Reporting system – school districts are obligated to provide accurate numbers.
The importance of providing a clear and accessible way to report incidents of school violence is critical to prevention and remediation. If students can understand their school districts as responsible to protect them from violence, they are more likely to report incidents when they happen, and schools would finally have the tools to be effective in finding solutions.
The PASS Act will require continuous reporting to ensure accuracy and accountability in handling incidents of violence.
Above are maps of reported bullying incidents in Pennsylvania by school district since the 2011-2012 school year.
In the 2011-2012 school year, exactly 200 school districts reported precisely zero incidents of bullying. In the 2012-2013 school year, 195 school districts reported zero incidents of bullying. In the 2013-2014 school year, 235 school districts reported zero incidents of bullying In the 2014-2015 school year, 245 school districts reported zero incidents of bullying.
Only one school district, in 2012, – out of 501 – in Pennsylvania, Southern Huntingdon County School District, reported a relatively realistic number at bullying incidents impacting 18%. In both 2012 and 2013, only a handful of districts reported above 1%, but most all reported zero cases or up to 1%.
Every District Fails to Report
In 2013, only 4.5% of the Pennsylvania public school population go to school districts (20 school districts) which reported bullying impacts more than 1 in 100 students.
Data Source for Map: The Pennsylvania Department of Education