TRENTON -- New Jersey on Monday released its annual report on incidents involving bullying, violence, vandalism, weapons and substances in schools.
That self-reported data shows that school bullying was down in 2015-16, while violence, including fights and assaults, reached a five year high in New Jersey schools.
Statewide, schools also saw a small decline in the number of incidents involving weapons and a slight uptick in incidents involving vandalism or possession, use or distribution of drugs or alcohol.
The results could be reflective of changes in schools or simply more accurate reporting, the state Department of Education said.
"We are committed to finding ways to build a safer school climate and culture for our students," said Kimberley Harrington, the state's acting education commissioner. "The data in the report can be useful in helping schools improve the learning environment for students."
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