Report Finds a Decline in Hate Speech at the Nation’s Schools

Dept_of_Education_LogoA new report from the U.S. Department of Education documents the trend in hate speech and hate-related graffiti faced by students ages 12 to 18 in our nation’s schools. The report found that in 2013, 7 percent of all students ages 12 to 18 were called a hate-related word at school in 2013. This is down from 12 percent a decade earlier. Some 79 percent of all students who reported being subjected to hateful speech said that the hate speech was related to their race or ethnicity. In 2001, 66 percent of all hate speech experienced by students ages 12 to 18 was related to race or ethnicity.

Some 25 percent of all students ages 12 to 18 reported that they had seen hate-related graffiti at school in 2013. This was down from a high of 38 percent in 2005.

The full report, Trends in Hate-Related Words at School Among Students 12 to 18, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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