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Lake School Board skeptical of drop in bullying reports

Lake School Board skeptical of drop in bullying reports

Substantiated cases of bullying fell sharply in Lake schools in the past year, but some elected leaders worry the declining numbers might be a signal that harassment and intimidation are going unreported. The number of verified instances of bullying plummeted from 53 to 21 across the past two school years, according to statistics presented to the School Board. However, several board members were skeptical of the apparent drop-off and said their interactions with parents contradict the low numbers. "I'm sorry. I just don't believe it," board member Bill Mathias said. The School Board aimed questions at whether existing reporting procedures keep the district in...

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