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Violence, Vandalism Reports Low in Washington Twp. Schools

Department of Education releases figures from 2012-13 school year; overall state numbers down year-over-year.

The Washington Township and West Morris Regional school districts are not home to an abundance of violence according to the New Jersey Department of Education’s recently released report on violence and vandalism from the 2012-2013 school year.

Data shows that the Washington Township school district, which includes Flocktown and Kossmann schools, B.A. Cucinella School, Old Farmers Road School, and Long Valley Middle School, reported 21 total incidents in the report.

  • Those incidents are divided into five categories:
  • Violence: 3
  • Vandalism: 3
  • Weapons: 4
  • Substances: 0
  • Harassment, Intimidation, Bullying (HIB): 13

With a total reported enrollment of 2,470, that gives the district a ration of .0085 incidents per student.

At the high school level, the ratio was even less, the report showed. Data was not broken down between West Morris Central and Mendham High School, rather, it was compiled as a district-wide total.

The figures in the report’s categories for the high school district are:
  • Violence: 6
  • Vandalism: 1
  • Weapons: 0
  • Substances: 10
  • HIB: 3

West Morris Regional’s total between the two schools was 20 incidents, amounting to a .0072 incident per student ratio for an enrollment of 2,773.

The report documents self-reported incidents of those categories in each district. Overall, the total number of incidents (violence, bullying, etc.) in New Jersey schools plummeted by 19 percent from the previous year, led by a 36 percent drop in the number of bullying incidents reported.

Overall violence in New Jersey schools was down 4 percent year-over-year.

See a list of the nine most violent school districts in the state here.

What do you think of the report? Are the numbers too high? Lower than expected? About right for the size of district?

Hookerman December 06, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Certainly this shows that there is little need to employ armed guards at each of the schools, although there are some common sense changes we can make that would improve security without costing any more money.
Joey Weeks December 07, 2013 at 09:40 PM
I have experienced the environment at west Morris central for almost 3 and a half years now and I know that the severity of this situation is irrelevant to volatile acts in the parking lot . If we need armed guards in the parking lot which we don't that means we need new administration because if this is article is in an active public state their not doing a good job..... Their is nothing to be worried about in the parking lot nothing even happens their all the students are in class anyway. During lunch the parking lot is heavily guarded P.s Joey Weeks ;)

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