New Jersey lawmakers introduced an “anti-bullying bill of rights” last week, following the widely publicized suicide of a Rutgers University student whose encounter with another male student was videotaped and posted online.
The proposal would require bullying-prevention programs in public K-12 schools and language in college codes of conduct to address bullying. Public school employees would have to be trained in suicide prevention and how to deal with harassment, intimidation, and bullying. Schools would have to form safety teams to shape policies on bullying.
Anti-bullying programs currently are encouraged for New Jersey schools but not required.
A version of this article appeared in the November 03, 2010 edition of Education Week as N.J. Weighs Law Against Bullying