Bullied students’ grades slip, according to a new study (pdf) of high school students. High-achieving black and Latino students suffer the most academically, conclude Ohio State doctoral student Lisa M. Williams and Virginia Tech Sociology Professor Anthony A. Peguero.
The sociologists found that the grade point average of all students who were bullied in 10th grade dropped slightly by 12th grade. By their senior year, black students who had a 3.5 grade point average, on a scale of 0 to 4, as freshmen, lost almost one-third of a point if they had been bullied. The result was more pronounced for Latino victims of bullying: They lost half a point. That compares with a loss of less than one-tenth of a point for white students who had undergone such harassment, the researchers found.
Black and Latino students with high test scores are more likely to be harassed or teased at school, the researchers found in an earlier study published this year. Another stereotype-busting group — low-achieving Asian-Americans –also were more vulnerable to bullying.