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80% of NYC Schools Report Zero Incidents of Bullying

Four years ago, The Dignity for All Students Act mandated that schools report incidents of bullying, yet 80 percent of city schools have reported zero incidents. 

“They don’t take it seriously when parents come to administrators and teachers saying their child is being bullied,” Mona Davids, president of the New York City Parents Union, told The New York Daily News. “They’re not taking down the reports. They’re just not.”

Only one school reported over 100 bullying cases last year — Opportunity Charter School in Harlem. The school's principal, Allison Mutzel, said the incidents didn’t indicate an extreme problem — but instead showed the staff took bullying seriously.

"We will redouble our efforts to ensure that our schools accurately report incidents of bullying and that the law fulfills its intent of keeping our children safe, both inside and outside of the classroom," Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said.

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Article by Kassondra Granata, EducationWorld Contributor

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