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Six Elkhart County schools are among top 50 in state with most bullying incidents reported

There were more than 9,000 reported bullying incidents throughout Indiana public schools last year, according to the state education department.

Posted on Aug. 9, 2014 at 11:58 p.m.

ELKHART — Six Elkhart County schools are among the top 50 public schools in the state with the highest number of reported bullying incidents last year, according to a recent report from the Indiana Department of Education.

There were 9,396 bullying incidents reported throughout Indiana public schools for the 2013-14 school year, and 626 reported incidents throughout most Elkhart County schools. No information, however, was available for Goshen Community Schools and Concord Community Schools. Elkhart Community Schools had 513 reported bullying incidents, the highest among all Elkhart County school corporations.

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Fifty percent of reported incidents in Elkhart County were verbal, and near 38 percent were physical. Four percent of the incidents were social, 3 percent were written and 4 percent were a combination of all four categories.

Physical bullying involves hurting a person’s body or possessions, according to the state department of education. Verbal bullying includes teasing, name-calling, inappropriate sexual comments, taunting or threatening to cause harm.

Social or relational bullying is when a bully hurts another person’s reputation or relationships. Bullying through electronic or written communication includes cyber-bullying, collective or group note writing or any bullying done through the use of electronic devices.

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A 2013 law requires public schools throughout the state to collect data on bullying incidents, as reported by The Indianapolis Star.

For the full list of reported bullying incidents throughout Indiana for the 2013-14 school year, visit the Indiana Department of Education’s website.




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