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Madeline Singas, acting Nassau County district attorney, questions low numbers on school bullying

Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas in

Nassau County Acting District Attorney Madeline Singas in Mineola on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Credit: Howard Schnapp

A suburban New York prosecutor says compliance with a state law to combat school bullying, harassment or intimidation is a "disaster."

Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas recently reviewed statewide reporting of the so-called "Dignity Act."

She noted 58 percent of all schools failed to report even one incident of bullying. And 82 percent had no incidents of cyberbullying.

She says the numbers reflect "serious problems" with the reporting.

The chairman of the state Senate Education Committee says to believe that so few districts have experienced any bullying would be foolish.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a review of compliance with the Dignity Act. That followed a New York Civil Liberties Union report last week that found transgender students, in particular, are often harassed in New York public schools.

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