BROOKLYN - Community organizations say they are concerned over what they call an increase of bullying among Asian-American and Sikh students.

Brooklyn students were among dozens from around the city who attended a conference today to discuss their experiences of bullying and demand that the Department of Education respond to their needs.

The Sikh Coalition and the Asian American Legal Defense Fund say they want the DOE to release its most current data on bullying to provide information to see if the problem is growing.

They also say they want to train more teachers and staff on what to do in cases of bullying.

"Can you imagine one in four kids in our community have to carry violence in addition to their homework as a part of their school experience," said Amardeep Singh, co-founder of the Sikh Coalition. "It's just not right."

Both organizations say they will present their own data to the Department of Education.