New Jersey’s original bullying law, created in 2002, was one of the first of its kind in the U.S. and mandated reporting of incidents of bullying or harassment.
New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act
The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights provides a thorough definition of bullying that includes, in addition to harmful actions towards another student, any act that infringes on a student’s rights at school. The Bill of Rights requires that:
- All public schools including those of higher education must report all cases of bullying or teasing to the state.
- Verbal reports must be given to principals on the day of an observed incident.
- A written report must be provided within 2 days.
- Families and the superintendent of schools must be notified.
- An investigation must take place within 10 days of the incident.
- Schools must have a plan to address bullying and all teachers and administrators must be trained on identifying and responding to incidents.
Schools must also be proactive in creating a positive environment for the students. This includes creating an anti-bullying specialist and a school safety team who must work together to create a welcoming and safe environment.
Take Action If You Suspect That Your Child Is a Victim of a Bully
Children and teens who are being bullied may exhibit a wide variety of signals and signs. Low self-esteem, anxiety, depression and poor grades are just a few, as are experimenting with alcohol or drug use or skipping school.
If you feel that your child may be the victim of a bully, act quickly:
- Talk calmly to your child to find out what happened.
- Request an immediate after-school meeting with the teacher.
- Give specific examples of the bullying and explain how your child is impacted.
- Escalate the issue to the school principal if necessary.
If your child is being threatened or physically abused, report it to the police even if you have already notified the school.
Learn more about bullying from the New Jersey Education Association.
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