A report from the city comptroller finds bullying is on the rise in city schools and the Department of Education doesn't seem to be putting a stop to it.
Scott Stringer's report found 82 percent of city kids reported bullying in 2017, up 17 percent from five years ago.
The report also said bullying often goes underreported, and details of individual incidents are rare.
A separate audit by the Comptroller’s Office found the Department of Education failed to record about 21 percent of “violent or disruptive” incidents in the 2015 school year.
As a result, these incidents were not added to mandatory state reports.
Stringer says the report found many of the city's most violent schools are understaffed with guidance counselors and social service workers.
The report called for a range of reforms, including additional training for teachers and regular meetings with students.