Report shows over 7,500 cases of bullying reported in Tennessee

Report shows over 7,500 cases of bullying reported in Tennessee

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NASHVILLE (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Education released a new report Thursday showing 7,555 cases of bullying were reported during the 2012-13 school year. 72.51 percent of those cases were confirmed after investigation.

The report was required under anti-bullying legislation that passed the General Assembly in 2012 sponsored by Sen. Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Rep. Charles Curtiss (D-Sparta.)

Of the bullying cases reported, 321 were based on race, color or national origin. 695 concerned sex or gender-based discrimination. 168 involved a student's disability.

564 of the cases reported to the Department of Education were done using electronic technology.

"The numbers in this report are very alarming," said Sen. Ketron.  "Besides the obvious emotional harm bullying does to a student personally, it also hampers the kind of classroom atmosphere that promotes learning.  This is a systemic problem that we need to address not only in our schools, but in our homes, churches, community organizations, on the ball field and elsewhere."


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