Entries in Anti-Bullying (2)


New Jersey Holds Hearings to Toughen Up Anti-Bullying Laws

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(TRENTON, N.J.) -- Lawmakers in New Jersey will hold hearings Monday on a bill to toughen the state's anti-bullying laws.

New Jersey has had an anti-bullying law on the books for years, but state politicians say it hasn't really helped.  They want teachers to be trained on how to recognize and prevent harassment, and they want them to report bullying even if it happens off school grounds.

The proposed legislation follows the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman who threw himself off the George Washington Bridge after a video of himself and a male involved in a sexual encounter was streamed online by his roommate and another student.

It is estimated that a third of all students between the ages of 12 and 18 have been bullied at school.

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New Jersey Lawmakers Propose Tougher Anti-Bullying Law 

Photo Courtesy - Tyler Clementi/Facebook(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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