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20 School Districts with the Most Bullying Incidents; Asbury On List

We’ve compiled the 20 School Districts with the Most Bullying Incidents for the 2012-2013 school year. Not surprisingly, Newark had the most bullying incidents since it has the largest student body in the state. But there are some surprises.

Last week we put together a list of the 9 Most Violent School Districts in New Jersey. What we tried to do in that list was to use the same statistical analysis for incidents of violence in schools as we would for municipal crime stats. In other words, if one town had 40 assaults and 10,000 people, while another town had 300 assaults and 100,000 people, the former would actually have a higher rate of assaults.

Today, we’ve compiled the 20 School Districts with the Most Bullying Incidents for the 2012-2013 school year. For this list, we kept ratios out of the equation and simply went with raw numbers. Not surprisingly, Newark had the most bullying incidents since it has the largest student body in the state. But there are some surprises further down the list.

Again, all of this data is pulled from the state of New Jersey’sViolence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in the Schools Report.

As with any data, there are some important points to remember, and the most important point here is that this data is self-reported by the districts. That’s why Paterson, with its 24,000 students, only reported one incident of bullying last year. The other point is that the reporting category is called “Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying,” which we’ve shortened to simply “bullying.”

Fred Grygiel December 09, 2013 at 05:38 PM
Just wonder why these "self reporting" statistics are reported when it is well known and acknowledged by reporters and those familiar with education that they are meaningless when evaluating the extent of these problems in districts all around the state. Unless they are audited with penalties for falsifying information/non-reporting, then Wall Patch and others should probably stop commenting on them since rankings are likely to be misreported. More useless unreliable data to brag about or deny vehemently!
Fred Grygiel December 10, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Bullying parents. Bullying classmates. Bullying teachers. Bullying in sports at all levels coaches & players. Bullying in video games. Bullying on TV & movies. Bullying in the military. Bullying by countries...and the list goes on & on. Bullying on the Internet...Bullying with weapons & chemicals. It's everywhere! Bullying is the absence of "Civility!"
Rick Ricky December 11, 2013 at 09:04 PM
Fred, I agree with you whole heartily. There is a lot of truth to your statements. I don't believe any of these statistics. Look where it is coming from? You know the schools on here are not reporting majority of the bullying incidents. Never mind the schools who don't report anything at all. Look at some of the schools mixed in with Newark. Look at some of these larger schools and that is all the incidents they have. Not even close or reality of what is going on in the schools. False Misrepresentative on what is really going on in the schools. I agree with you on the bullying parents, kids, classmates. Bullying of administration, teachers, BOE members, Bullying in sports at all levels by both coaches&players right under the nose of all the athletic directors and higher administration. Like you said, can go on and on. It is society itself. It changed somewhere a long the line. No morals, loyalty, decency in doing what is morally right. It wasn't always like this. There is still some decent people out there. Who is fair and honest, who does not bully. We are just out numbered. Interesting...Bullying is the absence of "Civility!"
Rick Ricky December 11, 2013 at 09:19 PM
Fred, The other problem is this. I don't care how much Chris Christie thinks he is going to change the schools. He is not. All these problems are internal problems. He doesn't have any idea what he is dealing with. You have a bunch of adults acting like a bunch of kids. That includes the administrators. They have been getting away with all of it all and going on way to long. You have to change it from the top down. You have the Administration who is not being honest. Allowing and watching all the problems by going right along with wrong doing by not doing their job as they should or hired to. How does Christie or anyone else expect it to work and change? The teachers follow the administration and the teachers that don't follow the administration even if they are right will lose their job and some even leave on their own because of all the problems. Until you have those on top really doing their job is only then things will change. Many of the schools don't want the change. Then they will have to really work for their money. It is easier to just go along, cover up issues and hope they don't get caught. In the end, you can only get away with this so long. The schools start to lose their reputation. You can only deny the problems for so long. It does catch up to the schools as it did in many of the districts.

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