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Clark County Schools See Rise in Discipline for Bullying

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Race, income, academics not predictors of bullying. 2012-2013 School year, Source: Nevada Department of Education's Nevada Report Card. Race, income, academics not predictors of bullying. 2012-2013 School year, Source: Nevada Department of Education's Nevada Report Card.
2011-2012 Clark County School District Suspensions/Expulsions Due to Bullying/Intimidation 2011-2012 Clark County School District Suspensions/Expulsions Due to Bullying/Intimidation
2012-2013 Clark County School District Suspensions/Expulsions Due to Bullying/Intimidation 2012-2013 Clark County School District Suspensions/Expulsions Due to Bullying/Intimidation
2011-2012 Clark County School District Suspensions/Expulsions Due to Violence to Students 2011-2012 Clark County School District Suspensions/Expulsions Due to Violence to Students
2012-2013 Clark County School District Suspensions/Expulsions Due to Violence to Students 2012-2013 Clark County School District Suspensions/Expulsions Due to Violence to Students

The Clark County School District suspended or expelled 1,736 students for bullying or intimidation during the 2012-2013 school year, 152 or 9.6 percent more than the 1,584 pupils disciplined for those acts in 2011-2012.

In both of those school years, the only ones for which bullying data is available through the Nevada Department of Education's Nevada Report Card, there were 24 schools each year that suspended or expelled at least 20 students for bullying.

In both 2011-2012 and 2012-2013, 20 of those schools were middle schools or junior highs, including the top eight. One can conclude that bullying is far more common in those middle grades than in high school or elementary school.

Bullying, which can be written, verbal or physical, is defined under state law as being highly offensive to a reasonable person and: is intended to cause or actually causes the person to suffer harm or serious emotional distress; places the person in reasonable fear of harm or serious emotional distress; or creates an environment that is hostile to a student by interfering with the education of that child.

The middle schools that cracked the top 24 both years were Bailey, Bridger, Burkholder, Canarelli, Harney, Sedway and Von Tobel. They were joined by Silvestri Junior High School and Arbor View and Spring Valley high schools.

A closer look at the four schools that made the top 10 in bullying discipline cases both years -- Bridger, Canarelli, Harney and Spring Valley -- reveals that the problem of children harassing their peers occurs regardless of the school's level of academic achievement, the ethnic and racial makeup of the student body and the percentage of pupils eligible for free and reduced lunches.

Canarelli was a top-rated five-star school both years, according to the Nevada School Performance Framework, which measures academic achievement. Harney slipped from a four-star to three-star school, Bridger maintained a three-star rating both years, and Spring Valley improved from two to three stars.

Canarelli happens to be one of the most racially and ethnically balanced schools in the district, with no racial or ethnic category making up more than 27 percent of the student body. The percentage of black students at all four schools is fairly consistent, ranging from 9 to 13 percent.

But the percentages range from 25 to 75 percent for Hispanic students, 9 to 31 percent for white pupils and 3 to 25 percent for children with Asian ancestry.

The percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunches, which can be used as a measure of the economic well-being of the student body, also ranges widely among the four schools. Canarelli and Spring Valley are below the district average in the percentage of students in this category, while Harney and Bridger are considerably above the average.

The Nevada Report Card also tracks suspensions and expulsions of students who committed violence against other children. These include cases of physical attack or harm as well as fighting.

In the 2012-2013 school year, Lawrence Junior High School led the district in suspensions and expulsions due both to violence and bullying. But there isn't an automatic correlation between violence and bullying throughout the Clark County School District, according to the state's data.

There also happens to be more than twice as many disciplinary actions for violence than for bullying.

Of the 31 district schools that had at least 50 disciplinary actions due to violence in 2012-2013, only nine were also among the 24 schools that had at least 20 disciplinary cases for bullying. There were also 31 schools that had at least 50 disciplinary cases for violence in 2011-2012, but only 11 of those were among the 24 that recorded at least 20 suspensions or expulsions for bullying.

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