It has been close to six months since the “Anti-bullying Bill of Rights” went into effect in New Jersey. Regarded by some as the toughest law of its kind in the nation, it requires that schools make teachers, administrators or counselors readily accessible to children who are bullied, along with quick resolution of conflict.
To find out how it’s working, we visited the group HiTOPS in Princeton. The non-profit works to help kids stay physically and emotionally healthy. It serves youth from all over New Jersey, including many teens who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
Since some of them are not “out” to their families, the young people spoke on the condition that we would not identify them.
We begin, with some of their definitions of bullying.