SURVEY RESULTS: Fighting & Bullying Among WHS & WMS Students

WILMINGTON, MA – At its meeting last week, the Wilmington School Committee was given a report summarizing the results of the Youth Risk Behavior Survey that was administered to Wilmington 7th-11th graders last spring.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Students answered the questions anonymously during a single class period.  Parents were able to opt their children out – few did.  Invalid responses (e.g., blatant lying) were not included in the results.  Questions varied between the high school and middle schools surveys, in part, because the high school survey was based on the national version and the middle school survey was based on the Massachusetts version.

The report was divided into SEVEN sections.  Below is a summary (of the summary) of the section on bullying and violence-related behaviors.

Selected Wilmington High School Results

Carried a gun in the past 30 days:

  • 5.9% of 9th graders
  • 1.1% of 10th graders
  • 1.9% of 11th graders

Carried a weapon on school property in the past 30 days:

  • 4.1% of 9th graders
  • 0.6% of 10th graders
  • 1.9% of 11th graders

Threatened or injured with a gun, knife, or club on school property in the past 12 months:

  • 8.2% of 9th graders
  • 4.4% of 10th graders
  • 3.8% of 11th graders

In a physical fight on school property in the past 12 months:

  • 8.3% of 9th graders
  • 2.8% of 10th graders
  • 5.8% of 11th graders

Bullied at school in the past 12 months:

  • 30.3% of 9th graders
  • 13.1% of 10th graders
  • 14.7% of 11th graders

Electronically bullied at school in the past 12 months:

  • 20.8% of 9th graders
  • 12.7% of 10th graders
  • 14.2% of 11th graders

Selected Wilmington Middle School Results

Carried a weapon in your lifetime:

  • 27.9% of 7th graders
  • 28.7% of 8th graders

Been in a physical fight in your lifetime:

  • 40.5% of 7th graders
  • 45.7% of 8th graders

Bullied at school in your lifetime:

  • 42.5% of 7th graders
  • 37.0% of 8th graders

Electronically bullied in your lifetime:

  • 31.2% of 7th graders
  • 28.9% of 8th graders

The full high school report can be read HERE. The full middle school report can be read HERE.

Watch last week’s Wilmington School Committee Meeting below, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television. The presentation on the survey results begins at the 20:45 mark.

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