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South Brunswick Schools Report Bullying, Violence Numbers in Annual Report

Incidents of bullying decline, according to state Department of Education.

Thirty instances of violence were reported in the South Brunswick School District during the 2012-13 school year, according to the state.

On Dec. 5, the New Jersey Department of Education announced the release of its "Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in the Schools Report" for the past school year, detailing reported instances of violence, vandalism, bullying and drug use in schools.

Among its 8,869 students, South Brunswick reported 21 instances of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), 32 instances of drugs being used, sold, distributed or possessed in schools, and 30 reports of violence, according to the tally. 

One instance involving weapons was reported, as well as 10 involving vandalism, according to the data. 

Overall, Middlesex County schools reported 644 instances of violence, 625 bullying incidents and 250 instances involving drugs during the 2012-13 school year, according to the report. 

Statewide trends showed that more than a third of the reported bullying happened in the classroom, and that students in grades 5-8 were responsible for the majority of those bullying incidents in the 2012-13 school year, according to the state.

The statewide total for all categories decreased by nearly 5,000 incidents in comparison to that of the 2011-12 school year, according to the state.

That decline is due to a 36 percent drop in bullying incidents from year to year, according to the state.

"While part of the decline may be attributed to bullying prevention programs in schools, part of the decline can also be attributed to Department of Education working with local districts over the past two years to provide a clearer understanding of the criteria for reporting incidents of HIB," a Dec. 5 press release from the Department of Education.

To view the Violence and Vandalism Report for the 2012-13 school year, click here.  
Jassen Sanders January 06, 2014 at 11:32 AM
Changes in behaviour (if no other obvious cause) such as mood shifts, feeling depressed, not wanting to talk about friends or school; drop in school work or achievement; unexplained physical injuries or damage to belongings; any signs of self-harm should be taken very seriously. If you are brave say If you don’t like me, why do you waste your time making fun of me? stand up don't be a victim be safe and keep protected check this out at http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home.

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