TRENTON - New Jersey lawmakers want to toughen the state's anti-bullying laws.
A group of Republican and Democratic lawmakers this afternoon touted the "anti-bullying bill of rights," targeting public schools and colleges.
It would require that public school teachers and staff receive training in suicide prevention and dealing with incidents of bullying. The bill also requires school districts to establish anti-bullying programs.
In 2002, New Jersey became one of the first states to pass a school bullying law. Its sponsors say it didn't go far enough.
The measure follows last month's suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers student, Tyler Clementi, whose roommate is accused of broadcasting his sexual encounter with another man online.
A group of Rutgers students will hold a rally later this week in an attempt to shed new light on the suicide.
The rally, organized by "Queering the Air," aims to spread the message that vengeance is not the answer and that two students should not be blamed for the failure of the whole university.
Supporters say the bill isn't a reaction to the death of Clementi.