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Are teens scared at school?
USA Weekend magazine, in partnership with Teen People magazine, surveyed more than 100,000 U.S. teens about this. Here is a brief summary of the results......
-Do you personally, feel safe in your school?- yes 71%, no 29%
-Rank your biggest fears in school?- My grades 64%, My friends/social life 19%, My safety 18%, Peer pressure 7%
-How would you grade the overall safety of your school?- A 24%, B 46%, C 22%, D 6%, F 2%
-If you felt safer, would you:- Learn more 55%, Be happier in general 77%
-In the past year at school have you (percentage saying yes)- Seen schoolmates getting picked on 91%, Seen schoolmates argue loudly 85%, Seen schoolmates physically fighting 74%, Been threatened physically 29%, Been hit, not in fun 25%, Been sexually harassed 19%, Been robbed of something worth more than $10 18%, Been in a physical fight 14%
-How do you usually deal with anger?- Talk to a friend 38%, Try not to think about it 23%, Engage in a physical activity, such as sports 11%, Talk to a parent or other adult 10%, Argue with the person making me angry 9%, Write in a journal 7%, Get into physical fights with others 2%
-Do any kids regularly carry weapons in your school?- Yes 11%, No 35%, I don't know 54%
-Does your school use...- Random locker searches 46%, Security guards 34%, Security cameras 27%, Metal detectors 5%
-What would be the single best thing your school could do to make you feel safer?- Send "bad" kids to alternative schools 40%, "Conflict resolution" classes 22%, Metal detectors at all doors 20%, More security guards or hall monitors 18%
-What are the most common causes of problems at your school? (percentage saying yes)- Stupid things (e.g., bumping into someone, looking at someone wrong) 75%, Girlfriend/boyfriend conflict 45%, Drugs or alcohol 30%, Expensive clothing/belongings 23%, Race/ethnicity 21%, Outsiders starting trouble 19%, Gangs (in school) 16%
-Are there any cliques that get picked on?- Yes 67%, No 33%
-Have you ever visited a bomb-making or hate Web site?- Yes 8%, No 91%
-Which, if any, of these media do you think promote violence among teens?- Movies 56%, Video games 50%, Internet 45%, TV shows 44%, Music 43%, News coverage 34%
-How long do you think it would take for a teen in your community to get a gun?- A few hours 30%, A day 11%, At least a few days 11%, They aren't available 3%, I have no idea 45%
-Is there a gun in your home?- Yes 45%, No 47%, I don't know 8%
-How did you feel about last spring's Columbine High School shooting?- It made me think, but it didn't scare me 48%, Ever since, I've been scared for my own safety at school 21%, It made me scared at school then, but not now 20%, It didn't affect me at personally 11%
-How likely do you think it is that a major violent incident could occur at school?- Somewhat likely 50%, Not likely at all 36%, Very likely 14%
-When you are your parents' age, do you think the world will be....- Not as safe 53%, The same 30%, Safer 17%
-- Teen People Magazine, April, 2000.
by Danielle M.
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