Iowa district says bullying database has helped


October 14th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) – School administrators in Sioux City say a new state bullying database helped them stop harassment. The Sioux City Journal reports that school officials have used the system to track where instances of bullying have taken place.

The database required by the Iowa Department of Education has been in use for the past month. The system collects detailed reports about where bullying has occurred, who was involved and why the victim was targeted.

Sioux City schools administrator Marilyn Charging says the database has helped administrators identify where bullying has occurred, allowing them to increase staff in problem areas.  The Iowa Department of Education says districts filed nearly 11,000 reports of bullying in the 2011-12 school year.