The Obama administration is urging schools to combat bullying after the high-profile suicides of several youths who were facing harassment at school, some of them for being gay or being perceived as gay.
Parents in dozens of school districts, including in Minnesota and New Jersey, have been demanding over the past few months that schools do more to address bullying. Gay rights activists have asked for legislation to classify anti-gay harassment in schools as a federal crime.
A national study released Tuesday found that half of all high-schoolers admitted having bullied someone in the past year, and nearly half said they had been victims of bullying.
"Simply put, we think in this country, bullying should not exist," Secretary of Education Arne Duncan told reporters Tuesday. "We need to work together as fast as we can to eliminate this issue. This has been--tragically--a huge wake-up call for the nation."Read More »from Can schools ‘eliminate’ bullying, as education secretary says they must?