Bullying and harassment are a serious problem in local schools, say 74 percent of respondents to a Public Agenda survey. However, illegal drugs and lack of respect for teachers raised even more concerns.
Parents were slightly less worried about bullying, drugs and respect.
Physical fighting and cheating in schools are lesser concerns for both the total public (59 percent and 55 percent, respectively) and parents (55 percent for fighting, 48 percent for cheating).
More than a third of Americans say they were bullied in school, but only 8 percent say they were bullied “a lot.”