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Violence Report Shows Increase in Incidents in First Half of 2017

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Bridgewater-Raritan Regional School District is looking for ways to be proactive after noticing an increase in violent activity in the Violence and Vandalism Report for January 2017 through June 2017.

According to superintendent Russell Lazovick, violence levels dipped in 2015–2016, but, this year, returned to similar levels as the 2014–2015 year.

“While substance abuse has gone down and weapons has gone way down, violent activity has increased dramatically,” he said. “We are trying to target what happened to be proactive, not reactive.”

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For the first half of the year, according to the report, violence incidents were at 34, with seven incidents of vandalism and 11 incidents of substance abuse.

In terms of the violence incidents, the report said, 13 were in Adamsville Primary, nine were at the Bridgewater-Raritan High School, four were at the Bridgewater-Raritan Middle School, one was at Hamilton Primary, six were at Hillside Intermediate School and one was at Van Holten Primary.

Lazovick said violence numbers usually go up in the spring, but this was too much.

“This was far beyond what would be accepted,” he said.

To see the report, head to brrsd.org.

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