New Report Tallies Bullying Incidents In Ind. Schools
By Mike Perleberg
(Milan, Ind.) – More than 9,000 cases of bullying were reported in Indiana schools last school year.
The Indiana Department of Education has published its first ever statewide report on school bullying. The publication is required by a law – P.L. 285-2013 – passed by state lawmakers in 2013. The same law requires local schools to provide the number of reported bullying incidents to the IDOE.
The data showed 44 percent of the 9,396 cases statewide during the 2013-2014 school year were verbal incidents. About 21 percent were physical bullying. Written threats, threats on social media, social shunning, or a combination of the aforementioned accounted for much of the rest.
Those numbers made Indiana third in the nation for incidences of bullying on school property or in an electronic setting.
Schools in southeast Indiana were not exempt from the problem of bullying. Switzerland County Elementary School led the region with 28 total bullying incidents last school year.
VIEW LOCAL SCHOOL BULLYING STATISTICS BELOW.
Among local high schools, East Central and Switzerland County tied for the most with 20 incidents each.
Franklin County Schools reported no incidents at its high school as well as two other schools: Brookville Elementary and Mount Carmel School.
THE MILAN 5 PLAN
|1. Try a Teasing Tip (see below).|
|2. Try another Teasing Tip.|
|3. Try another Teasing Tip.|
|4. Warn the person to Stop or you will Report.|
|5. Report it to an Adult.|
|MILAN 5 PLAN TEASING TIPS|
|-Change the subject|
|-Agree with the person|
|-Tell a joke|
|-Keep the power – The ability to stay calm and not get upset when being treated disrespectfully.|
|-Take deep breaths, think good thoughts, let it go.|
At Milan Community Schools, where 20 incidents (eight at the high school, seven at the middle school, and five at the elementary) were reported to the IDOE, teachers and other staff will take part in an after school professional development seminar focused on bullying Wednesday, August 20.
Milan superintendent Paul Ketcham tells Eagle 99.3 the district is introducing The Milan 5 Plan, a set of bullying tips which students can use as a game plan when they witness or encounter bullying.
“If we don’t talk about or give them some tools to deal with it, they might not seek help,” Ketcham says.
Faculty will also be instructed what is bullying: repeated behavior intended to cause harm or an imbalance of power. Activities where parties participate in harmful behavior equally – such as peer conflict, horseplay, and fighting – is not viewed as bullying.
Stopping school bullying may not only be to the benefit of the victims. A study from the National School Safety Center reported that 60 percent of students who were identified as school bullies ended up with a criminal record by age 24.
Bullying figures reported to the IDOE by southeast Indiana schools are shown below, as provided by the department. Not all local schools’ figures were included.
BATESVILLE COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
FRANKLIN COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
|Franklin County High||0||0||0||0||0||0|
JAC-CEN-DEL COMMUNITY SCHOOLS – not included in report
LAWRENCEBURG COMMUNITY SCHOOLS – not included in report
MILAN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
RISING SUN OHIO COUNTY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
|Ohio County Elementary Middle||5||0||2||2||0||9|
|Rising Sun High||7||2||0||0||0||9|
SOUTH DEARBORN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
|Moores Hill Elementary||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|South Dearborn High||8||0||0||0||0||8|
|South Dearborn Middle||4||0||0||0||3||7|
SOUTH RIPLEY COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
|South Ripley Elementary||1||0||0||0||0||1|
|South Ripley High||11||2||2||3||1||19|
|South Ripley Junior High||4||0||0||4||0||8|
SUNMAN-DEARBORN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
|East Central High||12||0||7||9||6||20|
|North Dearborn Elementary||3||0||0||0||0||3|
SWITZERLAND COUNTY SCHOOLS
|Switzerland County Elementary||5||3||8||9||3||28|
|Switzerland County High||10||6||1||3||0||20|
|Switzerland County Middle||0||0||0||0||0||0|