Dept of Ed: Some bullying violates federal law

EDISON - The U.S. Department of Education is sending a warning to schools, colleges and universities nationwide in response to several high-profile cases of bullying.

In letters going out today, the agency tells schools they could be violating federal anti-discrimination laws if they tolerate or fail to adequately address ethnic, sexual or gender-based harassment.

The department says it is responding to what it senses as a growing problem in the country's schools.

Among the cases are the suicides of an 18-year-old Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi, and a 15-year-old Massachusetts girl.

Harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex or disability that creates a hostile environment and is encouraged, tolerated or not adequately addressed can be in violation of civil rights statutes.

Yesterday, New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill to toughen the state's anti-bullying laws. A bipartisan group of lawmakers touted the "anti-bullying bill of rights" targeting public schools and colleges.

NJ lawmakers want to toughen anti-bullying law

AP wire services contributed to this report.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

From left to right: New Jersey State Trooper 1 New Jersey state troopers help deliver baby on I-287
The Pascack Valley High School girls lacrosse team 2 HS lacrosse team 'adopts' 8-year-old fighting brain cancer
Reuben Jiminez was able to wander away from 3 Toddler wanders away from Sayreville day care
News 12 New Jersey - Weather On The 4 New Jersey Weather Forecast
Sea Cliff's Troy Ramey was voted off 'The 5 Elisa's Entertainment for 4/26

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE