JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- On paper, Duval County Public Schools does not have a bullying problem, with the district self-reporting 54 cases during the last school year.
The Florida Department of Education requires districts to report various offenses ranging from bullying to vandalism.
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Last year in Florida, schools reported 72,000 incidents overall with 4,860 defined as bullying related.
Duval, when compared to similar sized school districts, reported far few cases of bullying, with Palm Beach having 1,144 and Hillsborough self-reporting nearly 500.
DCPS spokesperson Marsha Oliver said the disparity in the numbers can be linked to the bullying definition and its interpretation. Oliver said that explains why some districts have higher numbers.
In Duval schools, the overall number of incidents reported was 4,578, with fighting being the number one offense with nearly 3,000 cases documented.
Clay County last year reported to the state 54 bullying cases and St. Johns County reported 9 cases.
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