Friday, October 25, 2013

It's Bullying Prevention Month. Here's the State and Metro Picture

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 5:30 AM

Almost nine in 10 cases of bullying complaints in Metro Schools turned out to be valid, according to a report by the state Department of Education.

Metro Schools recorded 923 bullying cases last school year, with 812 of those cases verified after an investigation.

The stats come at the behest of state lawmakers who passed a law in 2012 requiring the Department of Education to track statistics on student bullying among the state’s school districts and share them annually with lawmakers.

For bullying prevention month in October, the recently released report shows school officials recorded 7,555 cases of bullying statewide last school year, with nearly three of four of them — 5,478 cases — confirmed after in an investigation.

The numbers indicate roughly 1 percent of the district's 81,000-student population last year complained of bullying. While the state requested a breakdown between cases that involved sex or gender, ethnicity, or disability, MNPS lacked those details. In the 283-page school-by-school report, found here, MNPS indicated their current record-keeping is too broad but district is in the process of shifting how it reports those statistics.

Statewide, almost one in 10 cases of bullying involved discrimination based on sex or gender, according to the report. Just over 4 percent involved race, color or national origin and roughly 2 percent involved a disability.

About 7.5 percent of bullying cases happened electronically, such as cyber-bullying.


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