Total reported incidents of violence, vandalism, weapons, and substance abuse are down in New Jersey schools, a new report says.

Total incidents dropped 7 percent, from 27,872 in the 1997-98 school year to 25,969 in the 1998-99 school year, according to the state Department of Education report.

Broken down, violent incidents, such as fights, declined 7 percent, from 14,152 in 1997-98 to 13,320 in 1998-99.

However, a subset of


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