School bullying widely underreported - Florida - MiamiHerald.com
School Officials are dumbfounded at the recent statistics of reported bullying for the last two years in Florida public schools. But one thing they all seem to agree on is that the Jeffrey Johnston Anti Bullying Act is not protecting students, simply because it is not working. In the past two years 2009 and 2010 in Pinellas County, there were 71 incidents of bullying reported. District officials say the number 1,113 of bullying incidents would be more appropriate but still conservative.
In Hillsborough less then 400 bullying incidents for the 2009 and 2010 school year were reported. It seems officials believe administrators just are not doing their job or not reporting the incidences. Parents are in outrage because they know there has been bullying and have reported it, but find the school has not reported it because administrators are not finding the incidences cases of bullying. With the lack of schools following the law, the outcomes of bullying incidences can become potentially dangerous.