A new state report said about half of reported cases of bullying happen in middle schools.
The Department of Education reported more than 6,000 cases of bullying in our state. Officials said though, it's good kids feel more comfortable coming forward if they feel they're being bullied.
According to the report, about 25% of bullying happened in high schools. Elementary schools had about 15% of bullying cases. Middle schools were at the top of the list with about 50%. This is data from the 2011-2012 school year.
The report also found that 73% of students who were disciplined for bullying were boys. It also listed harassment, and intimidation as a form of bullying. The Department of Education is planning on creating special programs to address the problem.
Terry George, the Superintendent of Schools for Randolph County, said, "We have more cases of bullying, and harassment that are being reported to school officials now than in the past. I think more students are forthcoming when they feel they're being bullied, and they're reporting it to their teachers, or their principals."
Local school officials said they're attending meetings about this issue as early as August 8th.