Conway, state officials urge parents to help fight bullying

Attorney General Jack Conway, and officials with the Kentucky Center for School Safety and the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group on Thursday urged students, parents and educators to help fight bullying and harassment.

"Each day, 160,000 students across the country will miss school for fear of being bullied," Conway said in a news release Thursday. "With the growth of online social networking, cyberbullying has become one of the most prevalent types of bullying that occurs between teens. By recognizing the signs of bullying and taking action, we can stop a problem that is fueling youth violence and suicides across the Commonwealth and the country."

Kentucky Department of Education officials reported in the release that there were 6,076 incidents of bullying, felony stalking, harassment or verbal abuse during the 2011-12 school year that resulted in an expulsion, out- of- school suspension or corporal punishment. Kentucky is among 49 states with anti-bullying laws.