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Bullying Long-term harm

Passing off bullying - ignoring it - is a disservice to the victim and the perpetrator as it's been found that young people involved in bullying can result in long-term harm. Consider these statistics.

• Youth who bully/are bullied at greatest risk of: loneliness; lack of success in school; smoking/drinking.1

• Children who bully are more likely to fight, vandalize property, and drop out of school.2

• Kids who are bullied are 5x more likely to be depressed.3

• Bullied boys are 4x more likely to be suicidal.3

• Bullied girls are 8x more likely to be suicidal. 3

• 60% of boys who were bullies in middle school had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24. 2

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1. Addressing the Problem of Juvenile Bullying, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

2. Olweus

3. Bullying Prevention is Crime Prevention, Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, 2003

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