Councilmember Mark Treyger sponsored new legislation on Tuesday that would direct the Department of Education to record bullying data in schools and compile reports every six months.
The legislation, co-sponsored by Councilmembers Daniel Dromm, Mark Levine, and Deborah L. Rose, is intended to show trends in bullying at city schools and help schools adequately address issues as they arise. The statistical breakdown would include information about student-to-student bullying, harassment, intimidation, or discrimination; bullying complaints; notices about bullying incidents sent to parents; students who experienced bullying more than twice in a school year; and more.
In a statement, Treyger said his legislation is intended to help the city determine the origin of bullying incidents and whether schools have the proper resources to address the issues.
The legislation comes on the heels of a murder in Coney Island earlier this month that is said to have occurred after two mothers fought over a bullying issue. In a much more publicized case in The Bronx, a student was killed by another student after he was sick of being bullied so badly.
“Because of social media, bullying has taken on new forms and is likelier than ever to spill out from the schools into the home lives of students,” Treyger said. “In recent months, too many New Yorkers have tragically lost their lives because of incidents rooted in bullying.”