The University of Arizona’s Crossroads Collaborative is releasing a report on bullying, with results from a survey where more than 400 middle school students in Tucson shared their experiences with racism, bullying and injustices.
More than half of the students surveyed said they have never bullied others but also they are uncertain about whether things they have said could be considered bullying.
Overall, students said they have been bullied most often on the grounds of their sexual orientation or for weight-related reasons. Many students said they are bullied because they get good grades, because they speak with an accent, or because they are placed in special education, according to the report.
Researchers with UA’s Crossroads Collaborative suggest that adults contact state legislators and school officials to advocate for youth. They also want young people to speak up against bullying and school officials to provide training for teachers on how to deal with it.
The recommendations and findings in the report were made in partnership with Nuestra Voz, a YWCA racial injustice program. The Tucson Unified School District and the End of Bullying Task Force of the Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding shared the results and suggestions from the survey.
To further educate youth about bullying and to aid students in anti-bullying action, the Crossroads Collaborative partnered with Nuestra Voz to host a summer camp in June with 22 youth participating.
The week-long educational camp about youth, sexuality, health and rights also informed youth about the intersections of racial, economic, gender and educational justice.