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Montclair Schools See Spike in Violence

New Jersey Department of Education releases Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in the Schools Report.

Montclair Schools were more violent in 2012-13 than in the previous four years, according to the New Jersey Department of Education's Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in the Schools Report released Friday.

Montclair, with 6,674 enrolled students, had 39 incidents of violence, 12 incidents of vandalism, seven incidents involving weapons and six incidents dealing with substances, for a total of 60 incidents.

The number of incidents of violence is the highest reported in the past four years. There were 11 incidents of violence reported in 2011-12, 13 in 2010-11 and 32 in 2009-10, according to the DOE district reports.

The violent incidents involving weapons was up by one or two over the last four years. 

The district's Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying incidents were not available in the 2012-13 report.

To view previous reports, visit the DOE online.

No Essex County districts were among the nine most violent in the state.
I'd-Rather-Be-at-63 December 09, 2013 at 10:58 AM
This may well be directly related to the situation of stress under which teachers and students have come due to the exceptionally poor leadership in the school district. It is difficult to argue that one is addressing the achievement gap while at the same time contributing to an increased level of violence in the schools.
Stuart Weissman December 10, 2013 at 01:36 PM
It is also absolutely deplorable to make such dumbfounded accusations with absolutely no causation.
Stuart Weissman December 10, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Might I add, especially anonymously.
Stuart Weissman December 10, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Here's an example for you. Violence is up in the Montclair School System due to the drop in APY scores and reduced rankings in NJ Monthly.
Stuart Weissman December 10, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Here's another one. The lies told by former Superintendent Alavarez about the closing of the achievement gap through non-Broad teaching methods have caused Montclair students to behave more violently.
I'd-Rather-Be-at-63 December 11, 2013 at 10:26 AM
@Stuart Weismaan expecting "causation" to describe the reasons for a social phenomenon is perhaps expecting too much. Drop a penny to the floor and try to explain why it fell where and when it did. There are many considerations you will need to factor in, and this is even more the case in larger social phenomena. This article describes a trend in violence in the Montclair School District. You are certainly right in that there is no direct causation between any one event or circumstance and the rise in school violence. Nevertheless we should look to see what the contributing factors are and how to address them. Teachers have reported increased level of stress and similarly children and their parents (you can read about that her on Patch or attend MBoE meetings). That stressed is a response to a strategy of "forced disruption" in order to reshape education in Montclair into the controversial vision of Superintendent MacCormack. This is the most dramatic event in Montclair schools during the 2012-2013 school year. It does appear reasonable to consider there may be a link between the stress induced by the School Superintendent and the increased violence.

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