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Violence, Vandalism Flat at West Deptford Schools - West Deptford, NJ Patch

by Bryan Littel

Incidents of violence and vandalism have remained roughly the same over a three-year period, West Deptford schools superintendent Kevin Kitchenman said in his annual report at Monday night’s school board meeting.

There were 68 incidents of violence and 14 incidents of vandalism reported in the district in 2009-10, with violence down slightly from the previous year, but on par with 2007-08. Every school reported at least five incidents of violence, and the schools with larger populations reported more incidents.

“Percentage-wise, it’s about the same,” Kitchenman said.

The middle school had the most incidents, with 28 among 1,007 students, and the high school had the second-most, with 17 incidents among 964 students.

The rate of violence was in the single digits, percentage-wise, across all schools in the district, and Kitchenman stressed that the statistics don’t necessarily speak to the severity of

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