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Heights Schools Show Decreases in Violence Report

See how Hasbrouck Heights district compares to past year's and those of nearby districts in violence, vandalism, weapons, substance abuse and HIB incidents according to state report.

Numbers continue to decline in the areas of vandalism and violence from year to year in Hasbrouck Heights schools according to the state Violence and Vandalism Report released last week for the 2011-2012 school year.

The results of the state Department of survey for school districts across New Jersey showed statewide, the total number of reported incidents is up about 50% from 17,386 in 2010-11 to 26,139 in 2011-12, the report said. The state attributed the increase to better reporting mechanisms, as 2011-12 was the .

The chart below shows how incidents the areas of violence, vandalism, weapons and substance abuse continue to decrease over the past few years. It also reflects the 46 HIB incidents which Hasbrouck Heights has previously reported for the 2011-2012 school year.

School year Incidents of violence Incidents of vandalism Incidents of weapons Incidents of substance abuse Incidents of HIB  Total incidents Total enrollment  2011-12 7 1 0 1 46 55 1758 2010-11 8 4 0 0 Not reported 12 1697 2009-10 11 1 1 2 Not reported 15 1654 2008-09 11 4 1 0 Not reported 16 1615

The second chart below shows how Hasbrouck Heights district compares to area districts when it comes to  violence, vandalism and HIB incidents. For example, Garfield has higher numbers than Hasbrouck Heights across the board including 68 HIB incidents and Wood-Ridge has substantially less incidents reported.

School district Incidents of violence Incidents of vandalism Incidents of weapons Incidents of substance abuse Incidents of HIB Total enrollment  Hasbrouck Heights 7 1 0 1 46 1758 Paramus 11 6 2 8 31 4032 Wood-Ridge 1 0 0 1 1 1150 Rutherford 10 2 0 9 21 2480 Garfield 18 8 3 6 68 4482 Hackensack 36 2 4 25 44 5164

According to the release from the DOE Hasbrouck Heights is right in line with statewide trends that show that the reported numbers of assaults, fights and criminal threats decreased from the 2009-2010 to 2011-2012 school years.

Statewide vandalism has declined by approximately 14.4 percent over a three-year period, according to the DOE.

Statewide in the weapons category, reported firearms incidents (handguns and rifles) increased from five incidents reported in 2009-10 to nine in 2011-12. Weapons incidents in Hasbrouck Heights have been reported as either 1 or 0 over the past four years.

According to the state in the substance category statewide, the number of incidents of possession of substances increased by 149, or approximately 15 percent from 9995 in 2009-10 to 1,144 in 2011-12. Marijuana accounts for the majority (67.9 percent) of the total number of substance incidents reported in 2011-12, and the number of incidents involving marijuana decreased from 2,543 in 2010-11 to 2472 in 2011-12, or a decrease of approximately 2.8 percent.

Hasbrouck Heights had no more than 2 incidents under the substance category over the past four years.

See the complete set of data here.

Jim Corcoran October 09, 2012 at 02:43 PM
A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin tried an experiment under the enlightened guidance of their principal, LuAnn Coenen. She wanted to see if she could positively affect the fighting, weapons-carrying and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the food the kids ate. Vending machines were replaced with water coolers; hamburgers and French fries were taken off the menu and replaced with fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grain breads and a salad bar. With the departure of junk food, she also saw the departure of vandalism, litter and the need for police patrolling her hallways. The students were calm, socially engaged and focused on their schoolwork. Problems were minimal. And all Ms. Coenen did was change the menu! Please watch "Forks Over Knives" for FREE to learn more about the implications of a meat-based diet vs a plant-based diet. Go to http://www.hulu.com/watch/279734 and do yourself and your family a favor!

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