EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSReport Says Half Of Bullying Cases Occur In Middle Schools
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Reported: Jul. 24, 2013 2:12 PM EDT
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A state report said about half of reported incidents of student bullying occur in middle schools.
According to the report, 26 percent of bullying cases occur in high schools and 18 percent in elementary schools.
The Department of Education report is based on data from the 2011-2012, the most recent available. It said schools reported more than 6,300 cases during the period in which students were disciplined for bullying, harassment and intimidation.
Seventy-three percent of the students who were disciplined were boys.
The Charleston Gazette said state Schools Superintendent Jim Phares presented the report Tuesday to a legislative interim committee
He told lawmakers that the Department of Education is conducting professional development and special programs to address the problem.
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