School Violence/Vandalism Report is Out—Most Incidents Occur at CMS
The numbers haven't strayed too far from the previous school year, Superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi said.
The second part of the 2011-2012 school year’s violence and vandalism report is out and numbers have pretty much remained the same for the second half of the last school year.
According to the report, the district identified 25 incidents from Jan. 1 to June 30 of the current year, one more incident than the same time period from the year before that.
Once again, the highest number of incidents occurred at the Cinnaminson Middle School but Superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi said historically, that is the case.
“It’s no surprise to any of us,” Illuzzi said. “It’s just the nature of the students.”
However, the numbers were lower than the previous cycle and Illuzzi said he expects those numbers to maybe even decline more as the months go on, since many of the incidents occurred during the lunch period; school officials shortened the middle school lunch period to 30 minutes to reflect the high school’s lunch period.
The breakdown is as follows: 24 of the 25 incidents of violence and vandalism were violence. Five occurred at the high school, 14 at the middle school, four at Eleanor Rush Intermediate School and one at New Albany Elementary School.
The one act of vandalism was at the middle school and was classified as property damage. There was no cost reported to the middle school.
The second part of the report shows statistics for HIB—harassment, intimidation and bullying. There were 38 incidents in the entire school district for the 2011-2012 school year. Of those 38, three were color-related, three were race-related, two were sexual orientation-related, two were gender identity and expression-related, one was religion-related and two were mental, physical or sensory disability-related. The rest fell under the “other” category.
Twenty of those incidents occurred at the middle school, 10 at the high school, six at Rush and two at New Albany.