TRENTON - New Jersey has a law aimed at preventing harassment and intimidation on school property, but many believe schools have ignored it, allowing bullied students to suffer.
Former Gov. Jim McGreevey (D-N.J.) signed New Jersey's anti-bullying law into effect eight years ago. At the time, lawmakers said it would make schools safe and children would be free from the cruel words or violence inflicted by bullies. Now lawmakers believe that the law did little or nothing to help.
The current law only encourages schools to come up with bullying prevention. The suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clementi after his roommate allegedly streamed video of him being intimate with another man in a dorm room and a rash of teen suicides around the country has put bullying in the forefront.
A new piece of legislation is making its way through Trenton that would make cyberbullying, harassment that is carried out online, a crime.