In New Jersey, bullying is a serious concern. The State of New Jersey is committed to eradicating harassment, intimidation and bullying in its schools through various anti-bullying legislation. While harassment can take many forms, the newest concern among students of all ages is known as “Cyber-Bullying.”
Student tracking and school discipline practices may unfairly affect students of color and those with disabilities in New Jersey, or so it has been alleged in the South Orange-Maplewood School District.
By now parents of school-aged children in New Jersey are aware of the New Jersey Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. It is a law that seeks to protect students from the effects of harassment, intimidation and bullying (“HIB”) in the school environment. The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights was enacted in 2011 and is an extension of New Jersey’s original anti-bullying law, N.J.S.A. 18A:37-13. Recently, a new wrinkle has been added to legal ramifications of HIB litigation that may have widespread effect not only in New Jersey, but across the country.