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With Bullying Incidents Down, School District Goal Looks Promising

Superintendent Kevin Kitchenman says the school district likely will reach its goal of dropping harassment, intimidation and bullying reports by 37 percent.

With the monthly harassment, bullying and intimidation (HIB) reports remaining consistently low, West Deptford Superintendent Kevin Kitchenman expects the district to have no trouble reaching its goal this year.

At Monday night’s school board meeting, Kitchenman cited only four cases for the month. Of those four, only one was found to be a violation of policy.

Kitchenman attributed the lower number of cases to better bully education for students and programs, such as Ryan’s Story and the presentation by Reggie Dabbs. In addition, Kitchenman said school counselors are regularly meeting with classes to educate and inform students.

“Our students have a better understanding of how to treat each other,” said Kitchenman. “They’re being kinder to each other.”

After the district’s middle school was placed on the warning list by the state of New Jersey for the 2011-12 school year, Kitchenman said the district has seen a dramatic drop in cases this year.

Halfway through the school year, the superintendent believes the district will be able to attain its goal by dropping the number of cases by 37 percent this year.

“We’re very happy in the progress we’ve made," he said. 

Do your kids report a better environment with less bullying in West Deptford schools? Tell us in the comments.

WDGrad91 January 29, 2013 at 11:40 PM
is that 37 percent or .37 percent? Because i see and have heard NOTHING good about that school.
joan March 07, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I think this is hysteriacal, as a parent of a buillied child in the middle school i have seen no improvement. the only thing they are doing is NOT reporting the incidents~!
Michael April 02, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Joan, You hit the nail on the head. A guest speaker and a movie does not result in a decline in bullying incidents. NOT REPORTING them does. I will be at the next school board meeting and would welcome any parent who has concerns!

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