Bullying widespread in Swedish schools
With a new school year about to start, almost two out of five Swedish middle school students say they have been bullied often in school. The study of students aged 12 to 15 is the first of what is to be an annual survey by the foundation Friends.
Twenty-nine percent of those surveyed say they have been bullied, most often about their clothing, sports, music or other personal interests.
Many say they feel unsafe in school, not least in areas like toilets and dressing rooms.
More than one tenth of the children say they have no one to turn to among the school staff if they want to talk about bullying. Almost as many say school personnel do not react when one student bullies another.