October 12, 2016 | Number of The Day
Rate at which violence, vandalism, weapons offenses, substance abuse, and bullying dropped in NJ schools between 2012 and 2015

Violence and bullying are down by 13 percent in New Jersey schools, at least in the two school years after 2012-2013, according to the state Department of Education. The most recent data available are for the 2014-2015 school year. In the 2012-2013 school year, 21,170 incidents were reported to the DOE. Two years later, in the 2014-2015 school year, 18,332 incidents were reported.

The database that collects this information tracks incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons, substance abuse, and harassment/intimidation/bullying. The biggest drop was in bullying, which went from 7,740 incidents to 6,214 incidents. Schools also saw a drop in substance abuse incidents, from 3,358 to 2,982. The drop was mostly in use violations, rather than possession or distribution.

Although violent incidents also saw a drop from 7,895 to 7,262, weapons violations remained almost the same, going from 1,047 to 1,037 incidents. Thankfully, there are only a handful (6-10) gun violations each year, with most weapons being classified as “other.”