LANSING, MI (WLNS) – The Lansing Board of Education is holding a meeting tonight to discuss bullying in our state.
The board wants to re-look at its current policy which states they prohibit acts of harassment or bullying.
Harassment or bullying is any gesture or written, verbal, graphic or physical act that is reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived characteristic.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year nearly 20 percent of high school students in the U.S. reported being bullied at school.
Nearly 15 percent of students reported being bullied online. Research also show school based bullying prevention programs decreased bullying by up to 25 percent. There are no current federal laws that directly deal with bullying.