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What LAUSD’s internal audit tells us about bullying and how to prevent it

by Natalie Chudnovsky | AirTalk®

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In the past 15 years, states have passed laws intended to reduce the toll of bullying. /iStockphoto

According to an LAUSD internal audit on anti-bullying initiatives released Monday, 1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 4 elementary school students have been bullied in the last school year.

Besides exploring demographics related to bullying, the report found inadequacies in administrative response and tracking. For example, many staff and teachers “did not receive high quality training on bullying prevention on an annual basis” and of the 23 schools visited, 22 did not maintain or use bullying complaint logs.  

The district’s shift to restorative justice, which emphasizes counseling and personal responsibility rather than suspension and discipline, received some positive response from teachers, but wasn’t shown to be consistently implemented.

So what is the best way to deal with bullying, both on a staff-to-student and administrative level? Which approaches work and which don’t? What has been your experience with school bullying and effective prevention?


Judy ChiassonLAUSD coordinator for Human Relations, Diversity and Equity

Ron Avi Astor, professor at USC’s schools of social work and education


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