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31 Violent Incidents in Wayne Schools Last Year, Report Shows

The state Department of Education released its annual report on the number of violent incidents in schools last year.

The New Jersey Department of Education on Thursday released its annual Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in the Schools Report for 2012-13.

The reports highlight the number of violent incidents in a school district in various categories, including harassment, intimidation, and bullying (HIB). It is the second year HIB incidents are being reported in their own category.

There were 78 such incidents reported in Wayne last year.

Enrollment: 8,381

Violence: 31

Vandalism: 7

Weapons: 5

Substances: 26

HIB: 14

The following types of incidents are included in each category. Violence: fights, assaults, and robberies. Vandalism: bomb threats, burglaries, damage to private property, and thefts.

More than one third of HIB incidents throughout the state occurred in the classroom.

Student HIB offenders in grades five through 12 were responsible for 56 percent of these offenses. This population accounts for only 29 percent the state’s student population.

Fifteen percent of HIB incidents targeted students because of their race or color, the state noted.  

Bill December 06, 2013 at 07:02 AM
Surprise, Surprise.
wyldthang18 December 06, 2013 at 11:12 AM
So this has nothing to do with the story about the millions the town wants to spend on updating security in the schools right?
Chris Traynor December 06, 2013 at 02:09 PM
As a 50-year old father, I wish these numbers could be put in context with what I experienced in the Wayne Schools 25 - 30 years ago ... I realize that can't happen but its just a wish. Perception, media and new attitudes toward old problems (like bullying) make it difficult to ascertain what the ACTUAL social and cultural trend is when it comes to violence, bullying, possession, vandalism, etc. Something tells me the numbers are way down from the '60's and '70's but I cannot begin to prove that.
Justice December 06, 2013 at 04:53 PM
For many years, these situations were never reported and kept in-house. Now, the BOE is presenting these numbers? Why?
Pad December 06, 2013 at 06:20 PM
Maybe some of the 5 million should be spent on teaching respect and self discipline to these children. Obviously something the parents aren't teaching them. Spending 5 million on improved school security could be better spent elsewhere such as anti-drug programs, counseling etc.
Not happy December 06, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Sad. The Wayne school systems numbers would be less if they gave the correct punishment to the bullies. What are the number of lawsuits filed against BOE for poor judgement? THis town needs a new Superintendent....
Pad December 09, 2013 at 07:40 AM
They are required by law to report this and its public information. You can rest assured these figures are under reported and also much more has gone on that the authorities aren't aware of or was never reported to them.
Wayne's World December 09, 2013 at 02:18 PM
It says enrollment was 8,381 but I thought according to BOE the numbers are more like 10,000? I couldn't find any figures on the BOE website. Is there anywhere that an accurate student count is listed?

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