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Woodbridge Schools Report Bullying, Violence Numbers in Annual Report

The New Jersey Department of Education has released its annual Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse Report for the 2012-13 school year.

Ninety-six instances of bullying were reported in Woodbridge Public Schools during the 2012-13 school year, according to a recently released report from 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 13,277 students, Woodbridge Public Schools reported 96 instances of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), 40 instances of drugs being used, sold, distributed or possessed in schools, and 32 reports of violence, according to the tally. 

Eight instances involving weapons were reported, as well as three involving vandalism, according to the report.

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 December 17, 2013 at 08:20 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
Hyacinth Smith December 19, 2013 at 04:08 AM
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George Murphy January 14, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Ms Smith - this is all well and good, but these suggestions only mask the real problem, this while evading the solutions, altogether! Federal and state government laws and policies over the past half century, have made it virtually impossible to properly address these issues. We have become a culture that creates problems for the sole purpose of establishing solutions to the problems, but never actually solving them.
George Murphy January 14, 2014 at 08:56 PM
We are governed by the media. Who are the media? Television, news publications, newspapers and magazines, books, movies, music, radio, the internet, and, you guessed it, all educational institutions - from union-driven pre-k through 12 districts and private schools, right up to our very liberal universities. We are all influenced in some way by at least two or three of the above. No gettin' around it!

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