Here is an excerpt from a very interesting article that outlines an approximate financial cost to a few of the many consequences of bullying. The full article can be found at http://www.nassp.org/Content.aspx?topic=The_Financial_Costs_of_Bullying_Violence_and_Vandalism_Web_only_
A recent study noted that 8% of middle school students reported skipping school at least once due to fear of bullying. In addition, one out of four middle schoolers reported taking other actions, such as skipping class or going home sick, to avoid encountering a bully (Perkins, Perkins, & Craig, 2009).
The following few paragraphs is compiled of information from the website: http://www.publicsafety.gc.ca/res/cp/res/2008-bp-01-eng.aspx. The studies give an informative overview of the landscape of bullying, whereas it highlights frequency and behavior. A behavioral statistic that is alarming is how bullying has a snowball effect.
"How Frequent is Bullying?
As BullyTag™ targets the bystanders to be empowered by our app, the team at BullyTag™ had researched the roles of people in situations of bullying. Below is some information that we came across that speaks about the role of bystanders in bullying situations:
"A bullying incident directly involves only a handful of students but there are typically other students who are indirectly involved as bystanders (Hawkins, Pepler & Craig, 2001; Pepler, Craig, O'Connell, Atlas & Charach, 2004).