Bullying in our schools becoming an epidemic. While classroom bullying is nothing new, it's becoming more extreme year by year. Plus, now with social media like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, the abuse of students doesn't end in school.

According to data from the state of New Jersey’s Violence, Vandalism and Substance Abuse in the Schools Report, five Monmouth and Ocean county districts rank in the top 20 for school bullying. Some of the results may surprise you.

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The statistics presented are only the incidents that the school district reported. It is categorized as “harassment, intimidation and bullying.”

# 4 - Long Branch (103 incidents for 5,397 students)

# 6 - Asbury Park (97 in 1,926)

# 14 - Manalapan-Englishtown (66 in 5,107)

# 16 - Brick (62 in 9,586)

# 17 - Lakewood (61 in 5,186)

 

The complete top 20:

#1 - Newark
#2 - Elizabeth
#3 - Camden
#4 - Long Branch
#5 - Passaic
#6 - Asbury Park
#7 - Woodbridge
#8 - Jersey City
#9 - Hamilton
#10 (tie) - Morris
#10 (tie) -  Deptford
#12 - Gloucester Twp.
#13 - Black Horse Regional
#14 - Manalapan-Englishtown
#15 - Parsipanny-Troy Hills
#16 - Brick
#17 - Lakewood
#18 - Winslow
#19 - Clifton Park
#20 (tie) - Prospect Park
#20 (tie) - Plainfield

[source: Patch]

If your child is a victim of bullying, respond immediately. If it's an emergency, get help now.

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