NJ lawmakers advance tougher anti-bullying law

  • metta

    Posts: 39167

    Nov 16, 2010 3:12 AM GMT
    NJ lawmakers advance tougher anti-bullying law


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    Sixteen-year-old Matthew Zimmer told lawmakers at a hearing Monday on toughening New Jersey's anti-bullying law that he withdrew from his public high school to escape being tormented because he's gay.
    The Bergen County teen said his teachers sometimes took part in the bullying — one outed him during a class — and neither they nor the principal ever disciplined the tormenters. Zimmer attended the same high school as Tyler Clementi
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    Corey Bernstein, 15, testified that he was bullied throughout elementary and middle school. The Millburn teen said he considers himself lucky "to have made it through alive."
    Kim Otto of Haddonfield said her son, John, collapsed in a heap at her feet one day saying he no longer wanted to live because the bullying at his school had become so intolerable.
    Michelle Weinberg testified for her son Larry, a high school senior who hung himself with a belt after enduring years of bullying.
    "How could a kid who loved life as much as he did be driven to such despair?" she asked. "The pain and the humiliation overwhelmed him. As we are sitting in this room, there are hundreds and hundreds of kids in the state of New Jersey alone who are being bullied. We have to do something to stop this vile behavior."
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    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101115/ap_on_re_us/us_xgr_gay_bullying
  • metta

    Posts: 39167

    Nov 23, 2010 2:57 AM GMT
    Vainieri Huttle, Buono Unveil 'Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights' (A-3466)

    http://www.vimeo.com/16296129





    Bullies are the new terrorists to NY parents

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    A poll has found that bullying -- not terrorism -- is the No. 1 fear that parents in New York have for their children.

    "I think parents are terrified about what they see as escalating incidents of bullying and cyberbullying," said Wendy Sachs, editor-in-chief of the family-issues Web site Care.com, which conducted the survey.

    "Terrorism is scary because it's the unknown, but it can seem very far away -- and we're nine years away from 9/11."

    The survey found that 31 percent of parents in New York say bullying is the thing they are most concerned about when it comes to their kids' safety.

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    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/bullies_are_the_new_terrorists_to_IKraXzXygct1Z2ie98Kq7J