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Hampton school officials say no surprises in safety report

| Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

Hampton Township School District officials reviewed the annual district safety report, based on incidents reported to the state, for the 2013-14 school year and were pleased to see it featured few incidents of misconduct.

Of the 3,027 students in the district, there were 22 offenders involved in 16 incidents of misconduct last school year.

There was one incident of misconduct in the categories of fighting and possession of a knife; two incidents of sale, possession, use or being under the influence of alcohol; three incidents of threatening a school official or student; four incidents of possession or use of a controlled substance; and five incidents of possession, use or sale of tobacco.

Of the 16 incidents, five involved local law enforcement and led to a total of three arrests.

“This is pretty typical for us, pretty low compared to others (school districts),” Superintendent John Hoover said about the report.

Nico Katsafanas, a senior at Hampton High School, is on the school board as a student representative and said he thinks the high school is a safe place. He said he sees only bullying as an issue, with much of the bullying taking place outside of school through social media.

“I've never felt safer anywhere,” Katsanfanas said about Hampton schools. “And I've been to the Pentagon.”

Hoover said Katsafanas' comments about school safety reflect the general message he has heard from other students, parents and teachers in the district.

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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