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A local school board passed a policy targeting bullying in public schools. This policy change was made after many requests by parents and school staff because of several bullying incidents involving students enrolled in special education programs. The policy reads, “Students shall not be harassed, singled-out, teased, or otherwise targeted based on disability, class placement, gender, sex, or economic status. In cases in which this type of behavior occurs, offending students will receive consequences according to the school board’s disciplinary policy.” After implementation, the school district reported a 23% drop in bullying-related complaints. The board cited its new policy as the reason for this drop, and anticipated a further drop as students became more aware of the policy.

Based on the above conclusions, which assumption has the school board made about the effect of the policy?


Students will always report bullying incidents, no matter the consequence to the offending student.


Putting the expectation in writing has led to an increased understanding that bullying is wrong.


School staff members have finally started taking bullying seriously.


The only reason students bully other students is because there is a lack of consequences.


Bullying is a complicated behavior and implementing further discipline is the only solution.

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