Fewer Knox County students are texting while driving, but bullying remains a concern, according to findings in a new risk behavior survey shows.
The survey is conducted every two years to evaluate risk behavior of middle and high school students in several areas. The Knox County Health Department, Knox County Schools and other community organizations unveiled the results Thursday afternoon.
Among the key findings:
- 31 percent of high school students reported they had texted someone at least once in the past 30 days while driving. That's lower than the 2011 estimate of 40 percent.
- Bullying continues to be a problem. 20 percent of high school students say they were physically bullied at school in the past year.
- Another 15 percent said they were cyber-bullied.
- Nearly half of middle school students reported physical bullying at school.
- 23 percent of middle school students say they've been cyber-bullied.
- Drinking also continues to be a concern. Health officials say the information helps community leaders make informed decisions on public policy.