Fake News Hits NHTS

Posted by Scott Larkin on 11/19/2019 3:00:00 PM

Over the past few days, I have received a number of phone calls regarding an article posted to a local news outlet. That article can be located through the following link:

https://patch.com/new-jersey/manasquan/report-shows-nj-school-districts-most-bullying-harassment

The distressing portion of the article is that New Hanover Township School ranks 16th statewide on a list ordered by bullying incidents. I strongly recommend anyone viewing the article to read the accompanying text, scroll to bottom of the page, and read the entire article. New Hanover Township School ranks 16th when the number of incidents is reported per 1000 students. Doing the quick math:

if x incidents/177 total students=28.41/1000, then x=5 incidents of HIB during the 2017/2018 school year. Also stated, on any day, a student has a .015% (1 in 15,000) chance of being involved in an incident of HIB.

I would have declared this article totally farcical and misleading had the author not listed schools by number of infractions at the bottom and bolding (on multiple occasions) text that sought to clarify information. On the bottom list, NHTS is listed as 321 and part of a group of 41 school districts that reported 5 incidents of HIB during the 2017/2018 school year.

The staff at NHTS is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe environment for all students. Each incident of HIB is reported, investigated, and adjudicated in accordance with both New Jersey statute and our own moral/ethical standards. While 5 incidents is a low number and evidence of our efforts, the goal will always be zero.

My father has always told me, "Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see." No where is this statement more applicable than on the internet. If you hear or read something that doesn't seem right, please call me (609) 723-2139. I will always answer your questions in a direct and honest manner, the way I would expect my children's principals to.