NYS Audit: Bullying in School Often Goes Under or UnReported

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The Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) was signed by former Governor David Paterson in 2010 and became effective on July 1, 2012.  DASA was enacted to attempt to provide a school environment free of discrimination, harassment and bullying.  One component of the act requires that incidences be reported however many schools across the state have failed to properly implement the act or have reported absolutely zero incidences of bullying according to a new audit from the Office of the State Comptroller.

With bullying becoming a very serious issue across the country, parents often believe that anti-bullying programs both mandated and not are crucial to ensure the safety of their children however it would appear that the reporting component about these incidences is woefully lacking.

The latest figures which includes a school-by-school breakdown of reporting has not been accessible for the past few days as the state webpage containing this information has not been functioning.  As a result, we have not yet been able to find out the specific numbers.  As soon as we can access this information we will publish it.

The actual report itself is here. 

Here is a link to a story from a number of publications:

New York schools underreport bullying — or don’t report it at all, audit finds

NYC public schools have been underreporting bullying, report suggests

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If children tell another child to commit suicide and how to do it in a school setting is this considered bullying?
If school administration is required to report bullying to New York State as per the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) should this be reported?


Richard Gandon is the Owner and Publisher of hyper-local community news websites. With a background in financial services, sales and training, he bring a unique perspective to journalism. He hosts a bi-monthly radio show and is a professional photographer.