By Valerie Vainieri Huttle, The Record
WHILE The Record’s Feb. 9 article "N.J. Anti-Bullying Law draws fresh scrutiny" makes some good points, the scrutiny given to the law is certainly not fresh but part of an ongoing effort that began five years ago with the passage of this landmark bill.
We all now can agree that the effects of harassment, intimidation and bullying, also known as HIB, can be tragic and long felt in aggressors as well as victims. It is something we had all witnessed for too long and was swept under the carpet. The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights took a stand that we are no longer going to say this complex problem cannot be addressed.
The law was intended to change the climate and culture of schools that gave rise to these widespread instances of bullying. Its implementation over the past five years has been carefully and deliberately monitored. A task force was created for the purpose of smoothing the implementation and understanding of the law by schools and it has done its work well. No one ever thought that the law alone would be an overnight solution without bumps in the road. However, the progress school districts have made over the past five years is immeasurable.
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Nothing vague about N.J. being the 1st to tackle bullying | Opinion
By Valerie Vainieri Huttle - Star Ledger Guest Columnist
The Feb. 4 Star-Ledger editorial "Will New Jersey finally take the time to fix its broken bullying law?" had a misleading headline, as well as some missing facts.
In January 2011, the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights was passed by the Legislature, signed by Gov. Chris Christie and became effective at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year. At the time, it was widely recognized as the strongest anti-bullying law in the nation.
In 2012, the Anti-Bullying Task Force was created to help oversee the implementation of the law in school districts and to provide guidance and clarification toward this goal. As part of their work, the task force tackled the definition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB).Read more