Survey: parents split on how to handle bullying in school

By WEEK Producer
By NBC News

Survey: parents split on how to handle bullying in school

September 26, 2012 Updated Sep 26, 2012 at 10:14 AM CDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- While nearly all parents agree schools need to do something about bullying, they're not all on the same page about what constitutes as "bullying".

A new survey from the University of Michigan finds 95 percent of adults say schools should intervene when students feel threatened or afraid for their safety.

But just about half considered social isolation from peers' "bullying", and about that many didn't think school leaders needed to do anything about it.

However, the UM experts say isolating a student socially may be linked to episodes of school violence and even teen suicide.

This study is from researchers at the University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children's Hospital.

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