Editorial: Opinion roundup (August 15,2014)

Indiana needs more data on school bullying

Evansville Courier & Press

Indiana had more than 9,000 cases of bullying reported in its schools last year, but even that may fall short of what actually occurred between schoolchildren last school year. In fact, officials expect even more. According to The Associated Press and other media reports out of Indianapolis, student advocates say Indiana needs more data to fully assess the size of the problem in Indiana.

What is known from an Indiana Department of Education website is that of 9,396 reports of bullying, 44 percent were verbal incidents. Another 21 percent were physical.

According to the wire story, Indiana Safe Schools coordinator David Woodward said the data from the first year of the program is insufficient to provide a full assessment of bullying, only a starting point.


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