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Random acts of student violence in public schools inflicted on teachers, classmates and school property soared to 29,685 reported incidents in the 1998 school year, representing a 25.7 percent rise from the previous year, according to an Education Ministry summary released Friday.

The 1998 school year also saw 5,561 violent acts by students outside of school grounds, representing a 13.4 percent increase from the previous year’s tally of 4,905.

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