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ERIC Number: ED502202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar-31
Pages: 31
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Harassment and Intimidation (Bullying) in Maryland Public Schools. A Report to the Maryland General Assembly on Incidents Reported under the Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005
Maryland State Department of Education
The Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005 requires that county boards of education and the Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners report incidents of harassment or intimidation against students in public schools under the county board's and commission's jurisdiction. The reporting period for the third report encompasses the 2006-2007 school year, and provides information gathered as a result of the implementation of the law, including local school system (LSS) practices and procedures employed in order to meet reporting requirements. Findings from LSS reports include incident rates, locations and descriptions of the incidents, ages of victims and perpetrators, alleged motives of the perpetrators, investigative methods used, corrective actions taken by schools, number of days missed by victims and perpetrators, and the number of false allegations reported. Maryland's educational plan aims for all schools to be "safe, drug-free, and conducive to learning." During the 2006-2007 school year, over 1,400 incidents of harassment or intimidation were reported in Maryland's public schools. All school systems reported incidents, with most occurring at the middle-school ages. The nature and severity of the incidents varied. The number of incidents reported in Maryland represents 1.7 reports filed per 1,000 enrolled students. The extent of harassment or intimidation in Maryland public schools is likely underreported by these figures, due to the need for victims or parents to take the initiative to file a report. Findings from surveys, where students self-report in a confidential manner, generally demonstrate a higher incidence rate of bullying and harassment. Incidents of harassment and intimidation will continue to be collected this year, and for the next two years in accordance with Safe Schools legislation. MSDE will continue to assist LSS's as they develop and implement system-wide and school-wide programs of prevention and intervention to address harassment and intimidation. It is important that school systems and schools continue to educate students and parents about bullying and harassment, provide resources for prevention, encourage victims to report incidents when they do occur, and follow up with thorough investigations and corrective actions. Four appendixes are included: (1) Reporting Form; (2) School Investigation Form; (3) Incident Reporting Instrument; and (4) Directions for Local School Systems. (Contains 3 footnotes and 13 figures.)
Maryland State Department of Education. 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Tel: 410-767-0600; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Department of Education
Identifiers - Location: Maryland