CBC Investigates has been taking a closer look at the safety of our schools.
The CBC surveyed four thousand students between the ages of 14 and 21 about violence in schools .
Half were still in school with the rest over eighteen were reflecting on their school years.
The survey was conducted by Mission Research for CBC news with 40% of respondents in Ontario.
New research has found violence is a reality for students at many schools across Canada.
A massive new survey, conducted by Mission Research for CBC News, looked at more than 4,000 young people across the country. It found four out of 10 boys are physically assaulted at school, while one in five say they were threatened with a weapon.
Environ 35 % des jeunes Canadiens de 14 à 21 ans disent avoir subi une agression physique à l’école et 12 % ont été agressés sexuellement par un ou plusieurs élèves, selon un sondage mené pour le compte de CBC/Radio-Canada. Un grand nombre de ces gestes ne sont pas rapportés au personnel de l’école.
Cette proportion de jeunes qui disent avoir subi au moins une fois un geste violent est sensiblement la même au primaire et au secondaire, selon les résultats issus d’une consultation en ligne faite auprès de 4065 jeunes du pays.
« À notre connaissance, c’est la première étude pancanadienne sur la violence entre les élèves à l’école » , dit l’auteure de la recherche, Heather Scott-Marshall, présidente de Mission Research et professeure de santé publique à l’Université de Toronto.
Plus du tiers des élèves des écoles primaires et secondaires des Prairies ont été la cible de commentaires sexuels non désirés, selon un sondage national mené par CBC News auprès de plus de 4000 jeunes Canadiens.
Seule une faible proportion de ces jeunes rapportent la violence qu’ils subissent et les étudiants manitobains sont les plus susceptibles de déclarer avoir été victimes de commentaires sexuels non désirés, d’après le sondage de Mission Research.
Plus d’un quart des jeunes dans les provinces de l’Atlantique disent que d’autres élèves ont propagé des rumeurs ou des messages sexuels à leur sujet lorsqu’ils étaient à l’école, selon un sondage mené pour le compte de CBC/Radio-Canada. Un répondant sur 10 dit aussi avoir été forcé de faire une activité sexuelle.
Plus de 4000 jeunes aux quatre coins du pays ont répondu au sondage de Mission Research dont les questions portaient sur leur expérience en matière de violence, d’intimidation, de racisme et d’homophobie à l’école.
According to a survey conducted by Mission Research for CBC News, more than one-third of students between the ages of 14 and 21 say they were physically assaulted at least once before reaching high school.
Boys are even more likely to face violence, with four in 10 boys between the ages of 14 and 21 reporting they were on the receiving end of an assault involving slaps, punches, kicks or bites.
Today, we launch a special investigation into violence in our schools. This project took us in unexpected directions and required sensitivity. I think it is important that I tell you why.
Our job at CBC News is to make sure that we take on stories that matter, ones that expose what’s wrong and, we hope, produce positive change. The bedrock of those stories is good, reliable information.
And so, in consultation with leading academics and with established public opinion analysts Mission Research, we settled on a survey of 4,000 young people about their school years from elementary to high school or CEGEP. Our survey was weighted to ensure the sample size was representative of the Canadian population.
CBC: ‘He held the knife to my throat’: School violence more common in Alberta, especially among boys, survey finds
Austin deBussac was in Grade 8 when his schoolmate pulled out a knife and showed it to him. Then things escalated. Austin says the student put him in a chokehold and wielded the weapon in a terrifying way.
“He held the knife to my throat.”
Some may assume this type of thing is an isolated incident. But a Mission Research survey commissioned by CBC News of more than 4,000 young people across Canada suggests it’s more common than you might think.
CBC: ‘I just ignored it’: Violent, homophobic incidents common in high schools but few students report them
There were many firsts in 2016 for Jonathan Samuels as he started high school in Etobicoke, many of them difficult.
He had recently moved back to Toronto from Jamaica, was starting Grade 11 in a new school — and he was gay, which meant he faced insults and hateful taunts from other students.
He dreaded going to school and began to withdraw.
According to a groundbreaking national survey of 4,000 youths aged 14 to 21 conducted for CBC news by Mission Research, Samuels is far from alone.
More than one-quarter of young people surveyed in Atlantic Canada say others had shared sexual rumours or messages about them while they were in school.
Reflecting on their years in school, one in 10 of those surveyed also said a sexual act had been forced upon them.
The CBC News-commissioned survey conducted by Mission Research asked more than 4,000 young people across Canada about their experiences with violence, bullying, racism and homophobia in school.