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Students Report Fewer Incidents of Bullying, Cyberbullying

November 2, 2018, 8:51 AM HST
* Updated November 2, 8:55 AM
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More than 16,300 public high and middle school students participated in the Hawai‘i School Health Survey, a joint project of the Hawai‘i State Department of Education, Hawai‘i Department of Health and the University of Hawai‘i. The results show fewer Hawai‘i public middle school students say they have been bullied at school over the last two years.

Fewer Hawai‘i public middle school students say they have been bullied at school over the last two years, according to new youth survey results. And fewer students reported being cyberbullied or cyberbullying someone else.

“This is a positive trend that we want to see continue as our schools uphold the commitment to provide safe and nurturing learning environments for all students,” said Superintendent Dr. Christina Kishimoto. “Bullying of any kind has no place in our schools and communities—it runs counter to everything we stand for as a public education system that’s grounded in respect, acceptance and aloha.”

The anonymous survey, which is administered every other year, monitors categories of health-risk behaviors including mental health, injuries and violence, sexual behaviors, alcohol and drug use and physical activity. Two different surveys are given: one to middle-schoolers and one to high school students.

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The middle school results are representative of 28,900 middle school students statewide.

Grades 6, 7 and 8 2015 2017
Were ever bullied on school property 45.1% 40.0%
Were ever electronically bullied 25.1% 22.6%
Ever electronically bullied someone 15.7% 10.9%
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At the high school level, the results remain flat and are representative of 42,700 high school students statewide.

Grades 9–12 2015 2017
Were electronically bullied in past 12 months 14.7% 14.6%
Were bullied on school property in past 12 months 18.6% 18.4%

The Hawai‘i State Board of Education last month approved for public review updates HIDOE is proposing to strengthen the student misconduct and discipline code known as Chapter 19. Among the key changes is elevating bullying and cyberbullying at the secondary levels to a Class A offense, the most serious category.

The Department will be reviewing the proposed changes at the following public community engagement sessions through December.

Island Date Location
O‘ahu – Windward Nov. 1, 5–7 p.m. Windward District Office
O‘ahu – Central Nov. 15, 5–7 p.m. Aiea High School Cafeteria
O‘ahu – Leeward Nov. 16, 5–7 p.m. Waipahu Intermediate School Library
Big Island – Hilo Nov. 14, 5–7 p.m. Hilo High School
Big Island – Kona Nov. 29, 5–7 p.m. Kealakehe High School Cafeteria
Maui – Kahului Nov. 13, 5–7 p.m. Maui Community School for Adults
Maui – Hana Dec. 10, 4–5:30 p.m. Hana High & Elementary School
Lana‘i Dec. 5, 5–6:30 p.m. Lana‘i High & Elementary School
Moloka‘i TBD Kaunakakai School
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For more results from the Hawai‘i School Health Survey, click here.

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