The feds are getting serious are bullying. Check out this story in the Christian Science Monitor about the nation’s first summit on bullying. Secretary Duncan had this to say:

“A school where children don’t feel safe is a school where children struggle to learn. It is a school where kids drop out, tune out, and get depressed.”

And these statistics were cited:

  • In 2007, nearly 1 out of 3 students in middle school and high school said they had been bullied at school during the school year.
  • 1 out of 9 high schoolers – 2.8 million students – said they had been pushed, shoved, tripped, or spit on during the last school year. Another 1.5 million said they were threatened with harm.
  • 900,000 high schoolers reported being cyber bullied in 2007.