'Anti-bullying bill of rights' advances in Trenton

TRENTON - Anti-bullying legislation was approved today by New Jersey Senate and Assembly panels. Victims of bullying, both young and old, testified before the committees and rallied on the capitol's steps in support of the measure.

Proponents say the legislation will help stem school violence and prevent teen suicides. The package of regulations would require schools to toughen up on bullying by stiffening penalties for bullies and those that enable them.

There are concerns over the constitutionality of portions of the bill that deal with bullying off school grounds.

The measure must now be voted on by the full Assembly and Senate.

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