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Ramsey Schools Report Violence, Vandalism, Weapons and Substance Abuse

Compare district's report to past year's and those of nearby districts

The Violence and Vandalism Report for the 2011-2012 school year shows the number of incidents that occurred in Ramsey schools last school year.

The State Department of Education released the results of the survey for school districts across New Jersey Tuesday afternoon. The results 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 first school year during which districts were required to report confirmed incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying.

According to the state data, Ramsey recorded the following numbers of incidents over the past four school years:

School Year

Incidents of Violence

Incidents of Vandalism

Incidents of Weapons

Incidents of Substance Abuse

Incidents of HIB

2011-12

0

9

1

12

12

2010-11

1

12

1

11

Not tracked

2009-10

5

12

0

12

Not tracked

2008-09

2

12

3

6

Not tracked

The release from the DOE highlights the following statewide trends:

  •  The reported numbers of assaults, fights and criminal threats decreased from 2009-2010 to 2011-2012 
  • In the vandalism category, the reported number of total incidents declined by approximately 14.4 percent over the three-year period
  • In the weapons category, reported firearms incidents (handguns and rifles) increased from five incidents reported in 2009-10 to nine in 2011-12.  In addition, incidents in the “other weapons” category increased by 55 during the same three-year period.
  • In the substance category, the number of incidents of possession of substances increased by 149, or approximately 15 percent from 995 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.

Ramsey’s 2011-12 data compared to reported numbers from surrounding districts as follows:

School District

Incidents of Violence

Incidents of Vandalism

Incidents of Weapons

Incidents of Substance Abuse

Incidents of HIB

Total Enrollment

Mahwah

21

53

1

10

13

3258

Ramsey

0

9

1

12

12

3017

Fair Lawn

35

7

4

2

22

4570

Paramus

11

6

2

8

31

4032

Ridgewood

9

9

0

8

12

5702

See the complete set of data here.

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Kathleen Hewitt October 03, 2012 at 01:26 PM
Where can we see the details of these incidents.. of course with names removed... My gut feeling is Ramsey doesn't report all incidents... prove me wrong.
Jessica Mazzola October 03, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Hi Kathleen -- If you click through the link below, you can see a breakdown of all of the incidents reported at each school. For example, in the first reporting period of the 2011-12 school year, there was 1 incident of bullying at Smith, 3 bullying incidents at Dater, nothing at Hubbard, 1 bullying incident at Tisdale, and 3 thefts, 1 damage to property, 1 weapon possession, and 9 substance abuse instances – 7 of use confirmed and 2 of possession – at the High School. It also goes through the action taken by the district in response to those incidents. https://homeroom2.state.nj.us/DOE_EVVRS/Incidents.do I hope that helps!
Jessica Mazzola October 03, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Actually, you can't start right at that link, you need to start at this one, click on District and School Summaries, Enter, Districts, and search the specific info you are interested in for Ramsey. http://www.state.nj.us/education/schools/vandv/index.html
Cheri Rosenstein October 03, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I so do NOT believe the statistical, data!!!!!!!!!!!!
Macy October 04, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Smith school was a hotbed of bullying under Wiener! nothing ever done because he didnt want to see his star status tarnished. as far as drinking and drugs, the HS as well as the middle school have had their share of these incidents, yet not too much said about it because thie administration dosnt want to have the public aware , they try to keep it all in a bubble. I can remeber kids taken from teen cateen or dances to the hospital becasue they were so drunk or high they needed medical care. no differnt than any othe school just wer try to keep it under wraps.

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