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9 Most Violent School Districts in New Jersey; Wildwood Is First

While school districts in cities such as Newark and Camden led the way in total number of incidents, there were many districts that had a higher ratio of incidents of violence

The New Jersey Department of Education on Thursday released its annual Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in the Schools Report for 2012-2013.

The report documents self-reported incidents of violence in each district. Overall, the total number of incidents (violence, bullying, etc.) in New Jersey schools plummeted by 19 percent from the previous year, led by a 36 percent drop in the number of bullying incidents reported.

Overall violence in New Jersey schools was down 4 percent year-over-year.

While school districts in cities such as Newark and Camden led the way in total number of incidents, there were many districts that had a higher ratio of incidents of violence. Camden, for instance, reported 163 incidents of violence — in a district of 12,608 students.

But Lakewood, in Ocean County, reported 145 incidents of violence in a district with more than 7,000 fewer students. So we decided to take a look at the report in the context of how many students attend school in each of the districts, and construct a list of the districts with the highest ratio of incidents of violence per student.

A few caveats: We only included districts with more than 500 students that also have a high school. We also omitted charter schools and special services districts. And remember, this data is self-reported by the districts, and does not differentiate based on the severity of the incident. Oh, and why nine? We placed the cutoff for inclusion at a ratio of .020.

And for comparison, there were 7,895 incidents of violence among New Jersey’s 1,369,554 students, a ratio of .005.

vic December 06, 2013 at 01:48 AM
and wildwood high was just named a blue ribbon school. makes you wonder.
Dave December 06, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Makes you wonder what, Vic? How mindless statistics and ratios that are a poor reflection of reality pass for journalism? The Blue Ribbon award is deserved. This hopeless negativism serves no purpose. The students at WHS should be your paradigm of hope in this world.
vic December 06, 2013 at 03:17 PM
sorry dave! the exact opposite. the students at WHS are prime examples of a failed education system. they rate last in every educational category for high schools in cape may county. these students are not provided the same opportunities to succeed as other high school students and are living proof that wildwood high school should be closed. if it wasn't because of the inferior education that wildwood high provides, wildwood catholic would not exist.
Dave December 06, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Vic, the article is about Wildwood being the most violent school district in NJ. It wasn't about the education that is received. That being said, you insinuated in your first comment that the federal Blue Ribbon Award is not deserved. Based on significantly improving test scores over the past several years, it is indeed deserved. The article about Wildwood being a violent district is misinformed. That was my only point. The student body in Wildwood is hard working, respectful, and while some may struggle on a daily basis with the essentials of life that so many other students in different districts are able to take for granted, they rise above those distractions and do well. Well enough to get into some very good colleges. Unless you are there every day, inside those walls, witnessing a sanctuary of sorts for the youth of the town, you (and the reporter who wrote the article) are unqualified to pass judgement on the school being violent or not. I won't even dignify the Wildwood Catholic comment with a reply.
vic December 07, 2013 at 12:54 AM
I never mentioned that whs is the most violent school in nj. I merely concentrated on the lack of educational opportunities there. whs has the lowest graduation rate in cape may co.; how many merit scholarship winners? how many merit scholarship semi-finalists? how many students scoring 4 or 5 in advanced placement courses? how many advanced placement courses does the school even offer? the lowest average SAT scores in cape may county. the majority of the students do not score "proficient" in the state tests. how does any of this equate to a quality education? yet.....whs is proclaimed a blue ribbon school by the us dept of ed. what does that make the other high schools in cape may county? GOLD ribbon schools!!!!!!!!!!
vic December 07, 2013 at 01:03 AM
incidently, to prove my point. students are proving with their feet how much they want to avoid wildwood high school. how many students from north wildwood attend whs? is the answer....one. they are flocking to wildwood catholic, cape may technical, st augustin prep and 5 students from wildwood crest even commute to ocean city high school as choice school students in order to avoid whs. now that lower has become a choice school, even more students will leave whs. it's only a matter of time before whs closes. it's not the same high school that it was in the 50's and 60's.

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