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Seitz: Schools Will Follow Anti-Bullying Law

Though law is ruled unconstitutional, Par-Troy schools superintendent says effort to keep kids safe will continue.

Anti-bullying efforts in township public schools will continue, says Parsippany schools Superintendent LeRoy Seitz. His statement comes after the state . 

The law, which went into effect in September, requires schools to invest time into training staff, compiling reports and investigating bullying incidents in an effort to promote tolerance and keep children safe. The state panel struck down the measure because it found that  the law doesn't provide funding for schools to be able to comply fully. The council's ruling goes into effect in 60 days.

"Our HIB process has been up and running since the beginning of the school year and we are following the law," Seitz said. 

Even before the law took effect, the Parsippany school district put many initiatives into place to promote tolerance among students. Over the summer, . After the school year began, the , the national effort inspired by the first student killed in the 1999 Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, Colo., an incident believed to have been sparked by bullying in school.

Many Parsippany school walls throughout the district feature student-created art focused on the issues of embracing diversity, tolerating others and ending intimidation.

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (D-Bergen), the lead sponsor of the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, called the decision "devastating" for bullied students and said lawmakers would "find a way to make this law workable for everyone."

The anti-bullying law was sparked by the 2010 suicide of a Rutgers University freshman whose roommate allegedly used a webcam to video him with another man. The tragedy led to anti-bullying efforts across the nation, including the It Gets Better campaign, which seeks to give encouragement to LGBT youth and other bullied kids.

Monica Sclafani February 03, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Thank you, Carolyn. Good for you!
Par70 February 03, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Fully agree with Carolyn.
Carol M. February 03, 2012 at 01:42 PM
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us Carolyn. I'm sure it was an unbearably difficult thing to do and your strength is testimony of your love for your friend. I offer my condolences and wishes for peace and comfort. Please also accept my sincere apologies if anything I said caused you or anyone additional heartache. You are all in my heart and prayers.
Simon July 24, 2012 at 03:01 AM
There needs to be a great investment into anti bullying laws and tactics to prevent the problem of bullying in schools from escalating. New forms of bullying has been on the rise – such as cyber bullying and bullying on social media sites. Even these can adversely affect a child's growth. - http://www.starrausten.com
Michelle Smith December 08, 2012 at 07:49 PM
It is precisely because bullying is an intractable problem that schools and parents need to get more realistic about it. It’s not going away, so deal with it firmly so it can at least be kept under control. Thus, being a parent I've learned to be vigilant and more particular on the safety of my teens especially when it comes with bullying cases. Then I found this site that provides a protection for children from a safety mobile protection that can access family, friends and 911 in times of emergency. I just downloaded their application on their iPhone. Here’s where you can find it: http://safetrec.com/

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