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Vt. panel: More data, cash needed to study bullying

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Members of a work group studying bullying in Vermont tell legislators they need more data and more cash.

Thursday afternoon legislators heard from the Hazing, Harassment and Bullying Advisory Council. The body began studying bullying in Vermont in 2012, and just completed a survey of Vermont youth.

Vt. Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe says she believes bullying measures should be incorporated into school metrics just like test scores.

"If you're a parent or have been a principal of a school, you know how important this issue is because children who feel unsafe at school can't learn and there are children-- they're often the most vulnerable children-- and they're often hard to find. We don't hear about them and I think an added challenge is now that the bullying has gone online," Holcombe said.

Those studying the issue say in order to create metrics rather than simply relying on survey results, more money will need to be spent.

They also suggested the state set aside funds for more teacher education for responding to bullying.

Spokespeople say socio-economic status is the most common trait for a student to be made fun of for, and added that more money for teacher education programs.

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