Goshen Community schools report 42 bullying incidents during 2013-14 school year

Goshen Community Schools may have the third highest number of reported bullying incidents in Elkhart County, but its figures are comparable to other school corporations.

Posted on Aug. 26, 2014 at 11:38 a.m.

Goshen schools had the third highest number of bullying incidents among Elkhart County schools, according to data recently given to the state.

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The Goshen Community Schools data was submitted within the past two weeks after some confusion regarding a new reporting system implemented by the Indiana Department of Education for the 2013-14 school year, said superintendent Dr. Diane Woodworth. Originally, Goshen and Concord schools missed the deadline to report the information, as did 834 other public schools in the state.

A notice is usually sent to school corporations several weeks ahead of a reporting deadline but Goshen Community Schools did not receive a reminder from the state to submit any bullying data, Woodworth said. 

Goshen schools had 42 incidents in the last school year, which is the third highest number of reported bullying incidents in Elkhart County. Elkhart Community Schools had the highest number of reported bullying incidents with 513 followed by Concord Community Schools with 53 incidents. 

While Elkhart Community Schools had a significantly higher number of bullying incidents compared to other school corporations, its student population is double the size of Goshen Community Schools.

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