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Bullying along racial lines: Asian American teens face the worst harassment, data shows

Multi-American's sister blog DCentric at WAMU in Washington, D.C. has published disturbing statistics from the federal education and justice departments that break down by race which teens are bullied the most. Subject to the most abuse, it turns out, are Asian American kids.

Policymakers point to bullying stemming from language barriers and also to the harassment of Muslim youths, some of whom are Asian, in the years since the September 2001 terrorist attacks. Fifty-four percent of Asian American teens surveyed reported being bullied, compared with 38.4 percent of black teens, 34.3 percent of Latinos, and 31.3 percent of whites. From the post:

Teens aged 12 to 18 were interviewed for the study. More than half of the Asian American teens reported being bullied in classrooms, compared to almost one-third of white students.

The disparity is even greater when it comes to cyber bullying; 62 percent of Asian Americans surveyed reported being harassed online once or twice monthly, while only 18.1 percent of whites were cyber bullied.

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