A survey by the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) identifies bullying as the top problem in local schools.
The Social Climate Survey is mandated by the Ministry of Education, and is meant to gauge students’ perceptions about character, education, school safety, bullying, equity and inclusive education. The survey was filled out by 11986 elementary students, 1553 staff members and 3285 parents in January. The board alternates the survey between elementary and secondary schools every year.
The survey found that 49% of students were targeted in at least one act of bullying in the last four weeks, and verbal bullying was the most common type reported. Officials say that even though bullying rates have increased from previous years, in some cases the statistics may be over reported.