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Grand jury tackles bullying in San Diego schools

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - When it comes to bullying, we typically hear about students taunting each other. But the San Diego County Grand Jury has released a new report looking at adults who bully kids.

The report found that while the district does have policies in place to handle classmate bullying, there aren't any that deal with adult bullies. For example, teachers or coaches who bully kids. They investigated the matter after receiving complaints about a specific teacher at one of the elementary schools within the district.

"No, it's not a problem across the board, but there should be policies in place to prevent bullying," said San Diego County Grand Jury Foreman, Paul Christian.

Christian says this latest report involving adult to child bullying stems from an investigation at an elementary school dating back to 2011.

"The San Diego County Grand Jury received a complaint from over a dozen parents concerning bullying policy," said Christian.

Those parents claimed a female teacher, at the unnamed school, harassed children in a number of ways, including throwing erasers at them. But, when parents complained to the administration, they claim the problem wasn't resolved.

From yelling to physically fighting, we've seen incidents involving teacher to student bullying on a nationwide scale.

Jan Sopher was a teacher for more than 30 years. She once saw a colleague get angry with his students. She says, while the principle handled the matter, she supports adding a policy to help combat the problem.

"I think it's a very good idea for the teachers that are at that point burnout in their life and maybe need that little thing in front of them," explained Sopher.

The grand jury is recommending that not only should a policy be implemented to the "administrative procedures and school site safety plans." But, they should also provide parents and or students feedback continuously and in a timely manner.

As for how the policy should be written, one suggestion is that it needs to be similar to the child to child bullying policy.

News 8 contacted the district Thursday for reaction. A spokesperson said that because the report just came out they need time to review it, before commenting.

The district has 90 days to officially respond to the report.

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