Chillicothe Police say they're working with city council to toughen bullying laws.
"Twenty percent of kids are bullies and roughly 20 percent are bullied. So that's 40 percent of our student population involved in bullying nationally," says Chillicothe Police Officer Bud Lytle.
Currently, Chillicothe does not have laws that specify what is considered bullying.
"A lot of times right now there's no clear avenue. Is this instance bullying or is it assault?," Councilmember Dustin Proehl told 10TV's Jason Frazer.
Now city leaders and police say they're working on new legislation to clarify what is bullying.
They also want to make it easy to anonymously report bullying on the Chillicothe Police website.
"We want to give a way for these incidents to be documented," said Lytle.
The complaints will not just be limited to schools.
"The legislation would cover adults as well as kids because obviously we have encountered this as well with bullying in the workplace," said Lytle.
City leaders still have to work out details including penalties. However, they hope the new legislation will help send a strong message to bullies.
"You could see stiffer punishments for bullying and I think that might help curb the behavior," said Proehl.
Chillicothe Police will have another meeting with city council to come up with ways to strengthen current laws.
City council is hoping to pass legislation by the end of the year.
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