By Jill Glavan
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (August 11, 2014) -- The state has released its first report of bullying incidents within Indiana's public schools.
The numbers, separated into types of bullying, are posted online at the Department of Education website here.
In all, schools reported 9,396 incidents of bullying during the 2013-14 school year. Of those, 44% were categorized as verbal, 22% physical and 9% written/electronic. The rest fell into social and "combined" categories.
Under a law passed last year, public schools must report investigated bullying incidents to the state. Advocates said they wanted that reporting structure in order to hold all schools accountable.
However, charter and private schools are not currently included under the law.
Parent Angie Stagge, who testified for the bill with her daughter, said she wants to see more done across-the-board to hold schools accountable.
"In my eyes it's not finished. It needs to be a national law," Stagge said.
However, Fox 59 has visited many schools that implemented rigorous programs in the wake of that law. All schools are required to train staff and students with anti-bullying programs.
Tracie Wells, with Bully Safe Indiana, said that because this is the first year schools must report, numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.
"Anytime there's a new law, you would expect ... high numbers and numbers all over the board," Wells said.
If you do have questions within your own child's school, you should ask them about their policies and methods of reporting incidents. Schools should also be implementing an anonymous reporting system for students.
For more information on anti-bullying programs, go to the link here.