School violence is not necessarily rooted in overcrowding
Data from New York’s Violent And Disruptive Incidents Reported (VADIR) show that high enrollment might not be the reason that certain schools face high levels of violence and disruption. New York City’s two most populous schools — the highest in Brooklyn (Brooklyn Technical High) and the second-highest in the Bronx (DeWitt Clinton High) — have completely contrasting amounts of reported incidents of altercations, bullying and weapons possessions, which suggests that similarly high enrollments are not resulting in similarly adequate attention to student needs. In fact, the school that ranks second in altercations and third in weapons possessions (Boys & Girls High), comes in at 39th in enrollment out of the 392 public high schools in New York City.
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