New bill pushing to keep Indiana parents informed of bullying

INDIANA -- A new house bill is pushing to keep parents informed when their children are bullied, or bully others.

House Bill 1483 requires schools to prioritize victims of bullying first. Parents would need to be informed within 3 days of the incident. The bully's parents would need to be informed with 5 days.

Schools would also be required to investigate the incident and allow students to transfer schools at their request.

50% of Indiana schools reported zero incidents of bullying for the 2021-2022 school year. In 2018, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a law that allows the Indiana Department of Education to audit schools if parents think they're not being open about bullying.

So far, no audits have been conducted. But there is an online discrepancy report form that parents can fill out. You can find that here, as well as data on reports of bullying at all Indiana schools.

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