School Climate Survey Results

The Anti-Bullying Task Force has defined bullying in the following way:

 

“Bullying is intentional and unwanted aggressive behavior that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power between people.  The purpose of bullying is to intimidate and/or inflict physical, emotional or mental harm to another student or students.  Bullying behaviors are behaviors that typically are repeated over time.”

 

Every other year the District completes the Comprehensive School Climate Inventory with students, staff and parents across the District. Below are the results from student responses from the latest inventory completed in November 2016:

  • Question: I have been physically hurt at school more than once by other students.
    • Percentage of students agreeing to this statement: 25.6%
  • Question: In my school, there are students who have been physically hurt at school more than once by other students.
    • Percentage of students agreeing to this statement: 38.8%
  • Question: I have been insulted, teased, harassed or otherwise verbally abused more than once at my school.
    • Percentage of students agreeing to this statement: 43.6%
  • Question: I have seen others insulted, teased, or otherwise verbally abused more than once by other students in my school.
    • Percentage of students agreeing to this statement: 54.0%
  • Question: There are groups of students in my school who exclude others and make them feel bad about not being part of the group.
    • Percentage of students agreeing to this statement: 56.4%

Repetitive physical harm, harassment and exclusion are at the heart of what has been defined as bullying. Taking all these areas into account, the percentage of Clayton students who have been bullied or have witness bullying as reported in this latest inventory is 44%, a slight decline from the last time the survey was conducted in 2014 when the percentage was 48%.

 

For the first time, this inventory also asked students a series of questions regarding cyberbullying:

  • When asked if students share inappropriate material on social media:
    • 28% stated did share inappropriate material
    • 33% did not share inappropriate material
    • 39% were neutral on the subject
  • When asked if they had been threatened or harassed on social media more than once:
    • 13% agreed
    • 72% disagreed
    • 15% were neutral on the subject

The District’s Anti-Bullying Task Force will use this data to assess the District’s programming in addressing bullying. The Task Force will continue to meet throughout the remainder of the school year, with its next meeting taking place on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 6 p.m.  All are invited to attend and join the conversation. Contact Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Dr. Greg Batenhorst at gregorybatenhorst@claytonschools.net or 314.854.6023 for more information.