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Report: Half of bullying incidents occur in middle schools

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- A state report says about half of reported incidents of student bullying occur in middle schools.

According to the report, 26 percent of bullying cases occur in high schools and 18 percent in elementary schools.

The Department of Education report is based on data from the 2011-2012, the most recent available. It says schools reported more than 6,300 cases during the period in which students were disciplined for bullying, harassment and intimidation.

Seventy-three percent of the students who were disciplined were boys.

The Charleston Gazette says state Schools Superintendent Jim Phares presented the report Tuesday to a legislative interim committee.

He told lawmakers that the Department of Education is conducting professional development and special programs to address the problem.

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