Stu­dent knocked out dur­ing at­tack at school

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - FRONT PAGE - By Su­laiman Ab­dur-Rah­man Su­laiman@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @sab­durr on Twit­ter

HAMIL­TON >> A Not­ting­ham High stu­dent was knocked un­con­scious and lost a tooth dur­ing an al­ter­ca­tion about fake money at the school last week.

Hamil­ton Police re­sponded to the in­ci­dent about 2:40 p.m. last Fri­day and ar­rested two ju­ve­nile sus­pects at the scene. The cul­prits, age 16 and 17, are both be­ing pe­ti­tioned for ag­gra­vated as­sault, De­tec­tive Lt. Michael Kelvy said Thurs­day in an email.

The vic­tim, an 18-yearold male, was rushed to Robert Wood Johnson Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal in Hamil­ton for treat­ment and was later re­leased, police said. The in­ci­dent oc­curred shortly af­ter the 2:30 p.m. dis­missal time at the school off Klock­ner Road and Hamil­ton Av­enue.

Police said the as­sault vic­tim and the ar­rested duo are all stu­dents at Not­ting­ham High, which recently earned na­tional recog­ni­tion for stu­dent achieve­ment. The school, how­ever, also has a doc­u­mented his­tory with stu­dent vi­o­lence.

Not­ting­ham had 36 in­ci­dents of vi­o­lence, 22 in­ci­dents of sub­stance abuse, 11 in­ci­dents in­volv­ing weapons, seven in­ci­dents of ha­rass­ment, in­tim­i­da­tion and bul­ly­ing, and three in­ci­dents of van­dal­ism, ac­cord­ing to data re­ported to the New Jersey Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion for the 2016-17 schoolyear.

At the same time, Not­ting­ham re­ceived bronze medal recog­ni­tion in U.S.

News & World Re­port’s na­tional rank­ing for best high schools in 2017 and 2018. The back-to-back na­tional bronze rank­ing is based on stu­dent per­for­mance on state-re­quired tests and how well Not­ting­ham pre­pares stu­dents for col­lege.

Of the 1,240 stu­dents en­rolled at Not­ting­ham in the 2016-17 schoolyear, 9.5 per­cent of the stu­dents re­ceived one or more in­school sus­pen­sions, 4.6 per­cent of stu­dents re­ceived one or more outof-school sus­pen­sions and 12.8 per­cent of stu­dents re­ceived one or more sus­pen­sions of any type dur­ing the schoolyear. None of the stu­dents got ex­pelled dur­ing the 2016-17 schoolyear, data show.

Hamil­ton Police said an “al­ter­ca­tion about fake money” led to the vic­tim get­ting knocked un­con­scious and los­ing a tooth last Fri­day but that the in­ci­dent re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In honor of the Jan. 9 Na­tional Law Enforcement Ap­pre­ci­a­tion Day, the Hamil­ton Town­ship Board of Ed­u­ca­tion rec­og­nized its three Law Enforcement Against Drug or LEAD of­fi­cers and its three school re­source of­fi­cers or SROs, in­clud­ing Not­ting­ham SRO Dave Deleon of the Hamil­ton Police Divi­sion, at the Jan. 24 school board meet­ing.

Hamil­ton Su­per­in­ten­dent of Schools Scott Rocco de­clined to com­ment for this story Thurs­day, say­ing he could not dis­cuss matters of stu­dent dis­ci­pline, es­pe­cially when ju­ve­niles are in­volved.

Any­one with ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about last Fri­day’s school vi­o­lence is urged to con­tact De­tec­tive Stacy Pol­lard of the Hamil­ton Town­ship Police Divi­sion’s Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions Sec­tion, Ju­ve­nile Unit at (609) 581-4026 or the Hamil­ton Police Crime Tip Line at (609) 581-4008.

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Not­ting­ham High School

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