By Robert Fernicola, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Bullying has become a huge problem, especially for children between grade school and college. The State of New Jersey has announced what it called the State’s Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights designates a chain of command at New Jersey schools to crack down on the bullying the very moment it is reporting. The bill of rights will be presented to New Jersey legislators of both major political parties.
The proposed legislation was introduced after the case of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University student who was ousted as a gay man by two of his fellow peers, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei. Ravi and Wei streamed live video on the Internet of Clementi having intercourse with a man – the video camera was hidden. After finding out about the recording, Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge. Ravi and Wei have had charges pressed against them. And, since Clementi’s death, there has been rallies supporting stricter laws against bullying.
The new legislation is aimed to protect against bullying of all varieties, much of which happens on the Internet. If you would like to read more on this topic see New Jersey gets tough on bullying.
If you are someone you know is the victim of bullying, you should report the incident immediately. By notifying someone about what is going on, an investigation can be initiated and the bullying will hopefully cease through proper intervention.