This information was shared with School Board members Monday evening.
This information was shared with School Board members Monday evening.

   For a second year in a row, the number of incidents reported in the Ripon Area School District’s bullying report have dipped.

   School Board members, however, are not under the impression that the reported number of incidents reflect all the bullying occurrences in the district.

   According to the 2018-2019 bullying report compiled by Student Support Services, 62 incidents were reported this year, which is a slight decrease from last year’s total of 65.

   Of the 62 reports, 40 were confirmed cases of bullying while others were deemed as teasing, conflicts, unsubstantiated reports or as “transient threats.”

   “Transient threats” are defined by the district as statements that do not express a lasting intent to harm someone and are either intended as figures of speech or reflect feelings that dissipate in a short period when the student thinks about the meaning of what he or she has said.

   Last year, only 30 of the 65 cases were confirmed as bullying incidents.

   According to the report, the most reported incidents occurred at the higher grade levels during the 2018-19 school year.

Read the full story in the July 18, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.