(TRENTON, N.J.) -- In the wake of the suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, New Jersey lawmakers have introduced what is considered one of the toughest anti-bullying laws in the country.
Clementi threw himself off the George Washington Bridge last month after apparently learning that his roommate and another student allegedly streamed a video online of Clementi and a male involved in a sexual encounter. The death touched off an outcry against harassment of young gays and others who are subject to incessant bullying.
A bipartisan group of New Jersey lawmakers wants to toughen existing laws by requiring anti-bullying programs in primary and secondary schools, as well as including relevant language in college codes of conduct. Also in the bill are provisions making it mandatory for public schools to get up to speed on suicide prevention, along with educators being trained in dealing with harassment, intimidation and bullying.
New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie said he would consider the bill if it has wide bipartisan support in the legislature, which appears to be the case.
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