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Commission Questions Schools’ Compliance With Anti-Bullying Law

By DAVE COLLINS, Associated Press

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ Officials with the state Commission on Children are questioning whether local school districts are fully complying with a 2011 state anti-bullying law.

Commission attorney Steven Hernandez says his office is still getting a lot of calls from parents complaining that their children are being bullied and local school officials aren’t being very responsive. He also says it appears some school officials have different interpretations of the law and some are underreporting bullying data.

State figures for the last school year show that similar-sized school districts had vastly different bullying numbers.

Hartford reported 153 bullying incidents in 2011-12, while New Haven reported 72 and Stamford reported seven.

The law includes an array of requirements to prevent and respond to bullying, but no penalties for not following the rules.

(© Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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