New app will allow Hawaii students to anonymously report bullying
by Wagatwe Wanjuki, Daily Kos Staff, September 21, 2018 ·
Bullying is still a problem in America’s schools and its impact on a student’s education and well-being must be taken seriously. After a federal investigation that revealed widespread bullying, the Hawaii Department of Education is taking measures to curb it.
The latest effort will come in the form of an app that will allow students to report bullying anonymously. They announced that it will be released in the near future.
Earlier this year, a report revealed that one in three public school students in Hawaii faced bullying and the results are disturbing.
The statewide bullying survey, conducted during the 2014-15 school year, included nearly 70,000 Hawaii students. It found:
- Nearly 40 percent of students said incidents of bullying they'd experienced or witnessed made them feel unsafe at school.
- The majority of students who reported being bullied at school said that they were harassed based on race, national origin, sex or because of a disability.
- More than half of bullying incidents were reported to a teacher or other school employee. Schools took no action to stop the bullying in 15 percent of cases.
- And over half of students who said they reported bullying or harassment were victimized again after the initial incident.
Hawaii’s Education Department has had a busy year in its attempts to curtail bullying. It’s hired more compliance officers and rolled out trainings to encourage students to report any incidents.
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