As part of a state-mandated Electronic Violence and Vandalism Report, Mahwah Interim Superintendent Dr. Karen Lake reported on instances of violence, vandalism, weapons use and substance abuse in Mahwah schools. The report was given at last Wednesday’s meeting.
Between September and December 2011, Lake reported eight incidents of violence in Mahwah schools. The first semester also saw 18 acts of vandalism and four instances of substance abuse in district schools.
“Police were notified in three of the [substance abuse] incidents,” Lake said.
There were no weapons-related incidents in the district during the first semester, the report said.
All of the incidents were mitigated, Lake said, by disciplinary actions that included out of school suspensions, home assignments, and other methods to apprehend the total 17 student offenders.
According to Lake, she will elaborate more on the report at a future Board of Education meeting, and include the numbers of bullying incidents that occurred in Mahwah schools at the end of last year.
“There is an issue with the reporting paperwork at the state level, so we are waiting on the state to send that to us before we can give the full report,” Lake said at Wednesday’s meeting.
The report marks a change in the state’s system, Lake said.
“We used to give these out only once a year, in October,” she said. “Now, we are switching to a system whereby we report the incidents twice a year.”
Lake said she will update the report to include bullying numbers once the state paperwork issue has been corrected.