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NJ’s Anti-Bullying Update Signed Into Law

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TRENTON, NJ (CBS) – New Jersey now has what some say is the toughest anti-bullying law in America — a measure long sought by one South Jersey legislator.

State senator Diane Allen (R-Burlington County, above) had pushed to update New Jersey’s nine-year-old law on bullying to put some teeth into it.

“Right now, children are being victimized physically and emotionally by bullies, and it impedes their ability to learn,” she told KYW Newsradio on Thursday.  “So this is going to make a big difference, making it a safer place for kids to learn.”

The issue has gotten increased attention since last fall’s suicide of a Rutgers University freshman after his roommate allegedly used a webcam to record a gay sexual encounter.

Gay rights advocates are among those hailing the new law, which requires school districts across the state to establish clear programs to address bullying tactics and calls on colleges to address it in their codes of conduct.

Reported by David Madden, KYW Newsradio 1060.