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School District Reports 80 Incidents of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying

Bullying still exists with state requirements but incidents are resolved more quickly, Superintendent says

There were 80 confirmed incidents of harassment, intimidation and bullying in the Lacey Township School District during the 2011-12 school year.

Superintendent Dr. Sandra Brower reported the figures at the August school board meeting, which served as the annual hearing as required by state legislation.

The bill required schools to implement staff training in suicide prevention, harassment, intimidation, and bullying; appoint a school liaison to law enforcement; establish bullying prevention programs; respond to actions that occur off school grounds; form a school safety team; and appoint anti-bullying specialists and coordinators. It also required the establishment of an anti-bullying specialist and changes to the reporting process of bullying.

“I don’t think the law created any improvements,” Brower said. “I think the law created awareness. It didn’t do anything to stop bullying.”

Despite the law, bullying still exists, she said. The major difference is in the reporting, which provides mediation to situations more quickly.

“In the past, a lot more time went by,” Brower said. “Staff, parents, students have a right to come to school to learn. When they don’t feel safe, they have the opportunity to report.”

Below are the harassment, intimidation and bullying figures from the last school year. The district is required to publicly report them.

More information on the policies can be found here. Questions and concerns can be directed to the Brower’s office at 609-971-2000.

HIB Figures: 
Lacey Township High School: 108 investigations, 37 confirmed incidents
Cedar Creek: 3 investigations, 0 confirmed incidents
Forked River School: 4 investigations, 3 confirmed incidents
Lacey Middle School: 34 investigations, 31 confirmed incidents
Mill Pond School: 7 investigations, 7 confirmed incidents
Lanoka Harbor School: 3 investigations, 2 confirmed incidents

proud September 17, 2012 at 03:19 AM
Then the board must understand how the non conflicted every day taxpayer feels.
Dave Sleeper September 17, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I want to report a harassment. This harassment has been going on for several years now. It seems every time I turn around Lacey Township want me to pay my taxes. If this needless harassment continues, I may have to move to Waretown!
Abby Normal September 17, 2012 at 01:22 PM
It's about time Lacey took bullying seriously. Back when my kids when to school at the HS, no one listened. When I went to school there, backs were turned. Lacey is not immune and I think some parents in Lacey actually encourage this. They'll deny it but their own bullying behavior gives them away. As for taxes, if you don't like the paying your taxes, move to Mexico or another country that doesn't expect you to contribute to your civic duty and school your own kids, dump your own trash, shovel your own street, and don't expect any fire or police service. My modest house allows me to not be hurt by the taxes I'm happy to pay for what I receive.
Rocky Parisi September 23, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Where is the school security? If security exists, who are they, where are they, and how were they trained ? Time to stop worrying about your wallet and focussing on the safety and protection of the students, staff and faculty. It's time for an experienced, knowledgeable, and certified SAFETY OFFICER not some political appointee.

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