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October 12, 2016

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.”

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