The Centers for Disease Control has released the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior survey.
The C-D-C finds that the students from Wyoming align with the rest of the nation when it comes to Drug and Alcohol use, and are better than the national average in areas such as physical fitness, risky sexual behavior and diet, but are worse in areas surrounding violence, unintentional injury and tobacco use.
Laramie County School District One in Cheyenne says a survey conducted earlier this year found that 26 percent of girls and 23 percent of boys say they were bullied two-to-three times a month. The figures exceed the national average.
More than 5-thousand students in grades three-through-eight participated in the survey that is part of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program that the district is using. The results are being used as a baseline as the school district begins new strategies to address bullying.
The State Department of Education says school districts developing anti-bullying plans will do a lot to improve not only behavior, but education in the state. Wyoming’s most recent youth risk behavior survey found that a quarter of high school students and better than 50 percent of middle school students in the state experienced bullying. Superintendent of Schools Cindy Hill said bullying is unacceptable. She said they have found that schools with no tolerance for bullying actually are higher performing schools and Hill says that is not surprising.
Last spring, Laramie County school district number one, which serves all of Cheyenne, started working on its bullying plan. It will train everyone from teachers to students. Recently, the district was reminded how important these efforts are as Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck reports.