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Report examines hate and bias incidents at schools

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Posted at 4:19 PM, May 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-02 21:45:21-04

(KGTV) -- A new report says pervasive, identity-based harassment of students is an everyday occurrence. The report, authored by the Southern Poverty Law center examined hate and bias incidents at schools across the country.

The organization says they surveyed nearly 3,000 K-12 educators who reported witnessing 3,265 incidents of hate or bias in their school in the fall of 2018 alone.

The report, Hate at School, found “racism appears to be the motivation behind most hate and bias incidents in school, accounting for 63 percent of incidents reported in the news and 33 percent of incidents reported by teachers.”

According to the report, most of the incidents reported by educators took place on school grounds. It says 37 percent of the incidents took place in a hallway, bathroom or elsewhere in a school building.

The report notes that most of the incidents that educators reported took place in high schools.

The report says, “We found that racial and ethnic bias were the most common, followed by incidents motivated by bias against the LGBTQ community, immigrants, Jews, Muslims, and “other.”

To read the report, click here.