New Jersey’s “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act,” was signed into law on January 5, 2011 and is considered to be the strongest anti-bullying legislation in the country.
Students have a right to an education, free from harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB). In recent years, New Jersey has become a leader in anti-bullying legislation and policies. Unfortunately, the problem still persists.
Types of Bullying
Bullying can take many forms. It may be physical (such as hitting or punching), verbal (including name-calling or teasing), emotional (intimidation through gestures or social exclusion), or through the sending of insults or threats using electronic communication known as “cyberbullying.”
Harassment, intimidation and bullying create a climate of fear and disrespect in our schools which adversely impacts student learning. Even more troubling is how this behavior affects the individuals involved. Victims are more likely to suffer from depression, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide, while those who bully are at risk of other antisocial or violent behavior.
Institutions of Higher Education Included
Under existing law, New Jersey’s public colleges and universities must also adopt a policy to be included in their student code of conduct that prohibits harassment, intimidation, or bullying. The policy must outline disciplinary consequences and be distributed to students by e-mail to each student within seven (7) days of the start of each semester. The policy must also be posted on the school’s website.
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If you believe you or your child has been the victim of bullying, harassment, intimidation, in your school, there are steps you can take protect and enforce your rights. The Education Law team at The Mark Law Firm knows the policies and procedures that will protect you or your child from further instances of HIB both inside and outside of the classroom.
New Jersey Lawyer Helping Victims of School-Related Bullying
Bullying has been and will continue to be one of the most serious problems facing children and young adults in our schools. Even though New Jersey has become a nationwide leader in anti-bullying legislation and statewide mandates to prevent harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB), there is still much to do. Parents, children and young adults deserve an educational environment that fosters learning and growth, not fear and resentment. The Mark Law Firm is dedicated enforcing the rights of our HIB clients and ensuring their schools provide a safe environment for learning.
The team at Mark Law Firm stays up-to-date on the current state of anti-bullying laws in New Jersey, including
- School requirements for reporting violence, harassment and bullying
- Training requirements for teachers and staff
- School procedures to handle bullying, intimidation and harassment
- Criminal background check for teachers, substitute teachers, staff members and volunteers
Victims of harassment. intimidation or bullying during or after school have protections under New Jersey law. The team at Mark Law Firm can help you enforce those rights. If you need assistance to resolve an issue of bullying in schools, call 908-375-6767, 908-375-6767, 201-431-7541 or toll free 888-734-8287, or contact the firm online.
Guidance for Parents on the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (HIB)
Parent Tutorial on the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights
Bullying in New Jersey — Education Law Center
Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying, New Jersey Department of Education