FLEMINGTON, NJ - Out of six investigations into alleged harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) incidents, Hunterdon Central Regional High School had three confirmed cases between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31, 2019.
The information was part of the Student Safety Data System (SSDS) report for that period the school was required to send to the state Department of Education by Jan. 31, 2020. The SSDS collects two types of information – incidents on campus that lead to student removal and HIB trainings and programs.
The report was presented by school principal Suzanne Cooley at the school board’s May 18 meeting.
The confirmed HIB incidents during that period involved online harassment, name calling and public humiliation. The three remaining suspected incidents that were looked at were deemed to be mutual conflicts.
The school reported five incidents of violence, one vandalism incident and 16 substance offenses.
According to Cooley, the incidents that fell under the violence category included two fights, two incidents of sexual contact and one criminal threat. The one vandalism incident involved destruction to school property.
The substance offenses primarily involved vaping and marijuana use, she added.
For the same reporting period in 2018, there were five incidents of violence, two vandalism incidents and 13 substance offenses. There were three confirmed HIB incidents out of eight allegations.
Further details on the 2018 incidents were not made available by the time of publication.
The violence category includes assault, fighting, kidnapping, robbery/extortion, sexual assault, sexual contact, criminal and simple threats. The vandalism category includes arson, computer trespass, damage to property, false public alarm, theft and trespass.
Substance offense and weapons offense are standalone categories.
There were no weapons offense incidents reported for either period.
Superintendent Jeff Moore, in remarks following the presentation, said everyone, including students, plays a role in the safety and security of the campus.
“For a campus like ours – which is so unique in its size and its variety – we find in our climate survey that students and staff feel safe on our campus,” he said. “We find a lot of ownership over our campus.”