New policies enacted for Bayonne schools produced a considerable drop in instances of bullying last school year, but keeping that number low is an ongoing struggle, according to school officials.
The Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in New Jersey Schools report for 2012-13, released by the state on Dec. 5, shows that Bayonne schools saw only two instances of bullying during that period, which is a far cry from a reported 64 instances during the 2011-12 school year.
The report also noted that the district saw 29 incidents of violence, one of substance abuse, five of vandalism, and three weapons incidents last school year. That total reaches 38 when added to bullying numbers. That’s down from 74 total incidents in 2011-12.
Assistant Superintendent of Schools Robert Craig attributed the sudden plunge to staff becoming familiar with the state’s Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying (HIB) law, which was amended in 2011 to give specific protocol for dealing with bullying cases.