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Number of violent bullying acts in schools decreasing

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We have seen violent incidents in our schools caught on social media.

A study by The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) shows a drop in violent incidents and bullying.

"It's dropping, in large part, because we are putting a lot of resources behind interventions, awareness and education. We are getting that information out," Josh Klapow, UAB Clinical Psychologist said.

The NCES released a study on Thursday showing the drop.

In middle schools, violent incidents occurred 40 per 1,000 students in 2009. Violent incidents occurred 27 per 1,000 in 2015. Bullying went down from 39 to 22 percent.

While this is good news, Klapow said the numbers could actually be higher.

"In all cases like this when you are talking about bullying, talking about violent crime, anything where people are fearful of their well-being, you are going to see underreporting," Klapow said.

Klapow says another area of concern is certain students who remain targets of violent acts and bullying.

"When you talk about the LGBTQ community, these kids are twice as likely as their counter parts to be targets of cyberbullying and assaults," continued Klapow.

Klapow added that schools are doing a better job of reporting and dealing with these incidents than they have in the past.

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