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The Principal's Perspective: School Safety, Bullying and Harassment - A Survey of Public School Principals

May 12, 2008

This national study of public school principals by GLSEN and Harris Interactive, in collaboration with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), examined principals' attitudes and experiences regarding school safety, bullying and harassment . 1,580 K-12 public school principals completed the online survey between June 15 and August 3, 2007.The findings reveal although half of principals view bullying as a serious problem at their schools, they appear to underestimate the extent of harassment that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) students experience. Although principals report their schools engage in anti-bullying/harassment efforts, most do not specifically address school safety for LGBT students. Results also indicate that compared to other issues of school safety or inclusion, principals lack adequate preparation and information to ensure a safe environment for LGBT students and families.This study provides valuable information for development of resources for principals and administrators locally, at the state level and with national education groups.

From Teasing to Torment: School Climate in America, A Survey of Students and Teachers

October 11, 2005

The national survey of over 3,400 students aged 13-18 and over 1,000 secondary school teachers, explores students' and teachers' experiences with bullying and harassment, and their attitudes about bullying and harassment in school.The survey examines several aspects of the school climate that can detract from a safe learning environment, as well as students' personal experiences with harassment. In addition, the survey examines the overall prevalence of offensive remarks and harassment at their school, whether experienced by that student or their classmates, and the impact that has on their ability to learn. Secondary school teachers also contributed their perspectives on these issues and provided their views on what can be done to improve the situation.