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Little Rock School District tracking bullying in schools
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Little Rock School District tracking bullying in schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - "More than 2 years later and nobody knows," Terry Richard explained. Richard is passionate about the fight to stop bullying within the Little Rock School District, which is why he is challenging the school board's plan of action. He said, "There's no measure of really what's going on with bullying."

According to school board president Greg Adams, the district is collecting data of bullying cases for comparison and measurement. Thursday evening the district's bullying committee met to review data and discuss their progress.

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"Some of our staff really feels there has been a difference made in response to the training and awareness that we've done," School Board President Greg Adams says. In the past bullying was lumped together with other behavioral problems so they weren't able to tell how many specific bullying instances the district had. Within the past year, the committee has started using a different type of record keeping.

Adams said, "This is our first year of keeping that kind of data. So really what we're seeing is a baseline because we can't say with confidence that this is less bullying than last year or more last year."

Not being able to say whether bullying cases have increased or decreased is part of the problem Richard has with the efforts. But Adams and other committee members believe the methods they have in place will help decrease bullying. "And then we'll be able to go forward in the next few years and track that and see what the trend is and hope the trend will go down from what we've seen this year," Adams adds.

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