The statistics date from 2005/2006, and the methodology is questionable, however New Jersey Dept. of Education just released a report on the incidence of crime in our public schools. There’s good news and bad news: for the first time in five years, no schools fall into the “persistently dangerous” category; however, there’s a slight increase in violent crimes and bullying. From The NY TImes:
New Jersey√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s 2,400 public schools reported a slight increase in violence, vandalism and substance use problems in 2005-6 from the previous school year, in part because of more instances of harassment, bullying and threats, state education officials announced yesterday.
More from The Star Ledger:
…”The reporting system is so very, very flawed and incomplete,” said Stuart Green, a Summit psychologist and director of New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention. “Bullying is so common everywhere that fluctuations in the numbers don’t even begin to capture it.”
The report’s overall numbers also remain circumspect, with the state tightening definitions over the last several years and now double-checking districts for any inordinate drops.
The Baristaville schools rap sheet: Montclair, 44 incidents (increase of 14 from previous year); Bloomfield, 44 incidents (decreased of 29 from previous year); Glen Ridge, 8 incidents (up 2). For the breakout on violent crimes, which are on the rise in Montclair and Glen Ridge, but decreasing in Bloomfield, check the full report here.