07 February 2013

Commissioner Issues First Anti-Bullying Decisions


The education commissioner issued its first two decisions under New Jersey's Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, which was signed into law in 2011. One case dealt with a Tenafly boy who publicly identified another student with head lice, and the other case involved an East Brunswick sixth grader who called a classmate "gay" and said he "danced like a girl." In both cases, the school district’s response was found to have been appropriate. Of special note is the head lice decision, which indicates that perhaps invasion of a student's privacy may satisfy the statutory definition of "HIB", or "harassment, intimidation, or bullying."
To read more, and to access the text of the decisions, click here.

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