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The state of Iowa is now tracking bullying

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KEOKUK, Ia. (WGEM) -

The Iowa Department of Education just launched a computer program that would track all bullying incidents in schools.

"They just tease her, they push her. I told her if anyone puts their hands on you to tell me and to tell the teacher."

That's what Sophia Garcia told her 6 year-old daughter this week after her daughter said she was being bullied at school.

"I think it has to come to a major problem for them to see what is going on, because I don't think they take little kids serious, because I think they think they are all just tattle tails," said Garcia.  

The Iowa Department of Education is trying to address the bullying problem with a new statewide database to track bullying.

Keokuk Middle School Principal Gary Benda said his school, as well as many others, already have programs to electronically track incidents and the new statewide database will only produce more work for faculty without helping to solve the problem.

"I think the state will end up passing some mandates or some laws or rules that we have to follow. I don't think they are going to give us anymore latitude on the consequences that we can apply or I don't think they are going to give us anymore funding if we need to work with students who bully and try to teach them better ways to communicate other than to bullying somebody," said Benda.

Garcia thinks the new database will just give the state statistics and not really tackle the problem.

"I think that the teachers and administrators should just listen to what the kids have to say and just change it. Fix it," said Garcia.

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