KENTUCKY (WFIE) - Reported cases of bullying have more than tripled in Kentucky public schools over the last three years.
Karen Timmel is the Acting Director of the Office of Education Accountability. She says the high numbers could be a result of increased reporting requirements.
Governor Steve Beshear says he has put together a task force that will determine the causes of bullying and how to prevent it in schools.
"We want to attack it in Kentucky because the tragic stories that you hear as a result of bullying…we just don't need any more of that," Governor Beshear said. "We have kids that commit suicide in places because of bullying."
We're told nearly 500 cases of harassment was reported last year in Daviess County and Owensboro Public Schools.