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East Brunswick Schools Report Bullying, Violence Numbers in Annual Report

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

Thirty-six instances of violence were reported in the East 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 8,219 students, East Brunswick reported 43 instances of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), 18 instances of drugs being used, sold, distributed or possessed in schools, and 36 reports of violence, according to the tally. 

Four instances involving weapons were reported, as well as 13 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.  
Gloria R January 07, 2014 at 08:40 AM
Songs can help young children learn about kindness and tolerance. The song “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” can be heard on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo
Dana Cohen January 07, 2014 at 11:39 AM
What does it mean that more than one third of the bullying happened in classroom? Where do the other cases take place? on social networks?
Hyacinth Smith January 13, 2014 at 03:34 AM
Parents may not be fully aware of the kind of problems that a child can suffer as a result of bullying, so it is important that they become involved and keep their children safe as possible. Every one of us has been bullied at one time or another. I believe that bullies are everywhere, and not always where you would expect. However, the best thing we can do parents to our children being bullied is that teach our children to protect themselves from bullies. Make sure that our children understand that bullying is unacceptable. Teach and demonstrate compassion by treating others with respect in order for them not to get in trouble.I found this great service which featured a safety app which gets me connected to a Safety Network or escalate my call to the nearest 911 when needed, it has other cool features that are helpful for your kids with just a press of a Panic Button. Check it here: http://www.SafeKidZone.com/

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