The U.S. Justice Department reports today that the percentage of children who reported being physically bullied over the past year, had declined from nearly 22 percent in 2003 to under 15 percent in 2008.
The report’s authors say anti-bullying programs are working. But how do they know for sure? Even in some of the nation’s worst bullying incidents, like this one in Massachusetts, kids tend to keep their mouths shut on the subject.
But based on your high school experiences, do the percentages above seem low? That’s the discussion that leads today’s conversation with The Current’s Mary Lucia, who also asks, “why don’t you hear much about bullying in college?”
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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