Editorial: Bullying bill ignores local authorities

A bill passed by the Indiana House of Representatives would require school districts to document the number and nature of bullying incidents that take place every year as part of their annual performance reports.

The measure also modifies the definition of bullying to include written communications sent digitally or electronically, such as comments posted on websites such as Facebook and Instagram.

State Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, proposed the bill, which is under consideration in the Senate. He said requiring schools to track the number of bullying cases that happen each year will give school districts a better idea of what issues need to be addressed and the best way to train teachers and volunteers to deal with them.

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