The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released new findings Monday showing that the number of students who are bullied in school has increased dramatically since the 2015-2016 school year.
The latest data shows that students have been targeted on a daily basis at a rate of 3.5 students per 1,000 students.
That means students who attend a school that is known to be known for its bullying are more likely to be bullied than students who have not experienced such violence in the past year.
In the past four years, the number who were bullied on a school-wide basis more than doubled, reaching 6.2 per 1 100 students in 2016-2017.
In the years since, the increase in school bullying has remained consistent.
The new data showed that students were targeted on average on a frequency of 0.7 incidents per 1 1,500 students each year.
The increase is the highest in five years.
“There is a clear trend of increasing rates of bullying,” said John D. Burch, assistant secretary for civil rights in the Education Department.
“It’s just not clear why.”
While there has been a spike in school-based bullying, there is no correlation between school-related violence and a higher number of victims.
“These new data demonstrate that schools have become increasingly hostile places to be,” said Susan H. Holmberg, a former acting director of the Office for Children and Families and an expert on school violence.
“Schools are a place where students are exposed to many different kinds of violence, and they’re not immune to bullying.
It’s time for school systems to take steps to prevent and address bullying in their schools.”
A spokesperson for the U.K. Department for Education said the agency was not aware of any data on the prevalence of bullying on a national level, adding that the data are consistent with national data on bullying.
Hannah Burch and others who work in education advocacy told ABC News that schools that have a high prevalence of school-violence, or that are more prone to bullying, have the potential to be more dangerous places to school children.
“We see that in places like Chicago, where there is a high-poverty, very racially diverse school, and it has a high rate of school violence,” said Burch.
“The high-violence school may be more visible to students, so it’s more likely that students will be there.”
There are many factors that can affect a school’s ability to combat bullying, and some of the most important are:the ability of the school to have safe spaces, which can help prevent bullying and encourage healthy relationships with others;the school’s climate, which could include a hostile environment;and the presence of a school counselor or school resource officer, both of which can play a role in preventing bullying.