Middle Schools Have the Biggest Bullying Problems

Middle schools seem to get the worst of it when it comes to bullying, with about half of the bullying taking place there. According to a new state report, 26 percent of bullying cases occur in high schools and 18 percent in elementary schools. The Department of Education report is based on data from the 2011-2012, the most recent available. It said schools reported more than 6,300 cases during the period in which students were disciplined for bullying, harassment and intimidation. The majority, in fact seventy-three percent of the students who were disciplined, were boys. The Charleston Gazette said state Schools Superintendent Jim Phares presented the report Tuesday to a legislative interim committee. He told lawmakers that the Department of Education is conducting professional development and special programs to address the problem.