Anti-bullying legislation to be introduced in New Jersey

Suicide of college student could lead to increased protections against acts of bullying


Following the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi earlier this week, it was reported Friday by njtoday.net that two New Jersey state assemblywomen plan to introduce new anti-bullying legislation this month.

Clementi reportedly committed suicide after a roommate filmed an encounter between the teen and another man and then broadcast it over the Internet.

In a joint statement issued Thursday, Senator Loretta Weinberg, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson said that the incident highlights the need for increased protections against such acts.

"But this terrible tragedy demonstrates a bigger problem. Despite anti-bullying laws and efforts to teach children tolerance and acceptance, unprovoked acts of cruelty continue to take place, resulting in tragic deaths of youngsters across our country. We must do more. In the days ahead, we will revisit our bullying and anti-harassment laws to ensure that we are doing everything we can to educate our students, and to make sure kids recognize the serious nature of harassment," they said.

Click here to read more about the proposed legislation.