Thousands of kids in Tennessee public schools are being bullied. What was previously presumed has now been confirmed.
For the first time, the state’s Department of Education is tracking bullying. And the initial report confirmed nearly 5,500 cases.
As expected, students are being picked on for their race, gender or a disability. About 7 percent of the bullying was carried out online.
The reporting is a result of legislation passed by the Tennessee General Assembly last year. Sen. Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro – the bill’s sponsor – calls the findings “very alarming.”