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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.

Sabot January 30, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Of course we should attempt to stop bullying, but after listening to those charged with implementing this program in Parsippany at a school board meeting last fall, I couldn't help but wonder if the effort will have the affect of stopping boys from behaving like boys, which is probably intended. The "experts" presenting the program seemingly want to change what most sensible people would call normative preschool behavior all under the guise of promoting tolerance, which usually means filling impressionable minds with a conformist "change" agenda. How much time (and money) will we spend on such psycho-babble nonsense as our competitors around the world beat us in every category of public education? Just bring back discpline into the classroom and leave the armchair school psychologists out in the hall.
Pete January 31, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Bullying is a fact of life. Learning to deal with bullying is a necessary and desirable part of growing up. Trying to protect/isolate kids from every inconvenient reality is NOT productive; it just raises them to be a generation of sheep, who can be driven wherever the "wiser heads" dictate. As to implementation - since the boundary between acceptable and (by this law) unacceptable behavior is very vague, who's to say this won't turn into another way for school officials to discriminate against people they "don't like". Funny old world, isn't it... we have a guy who's benefiting from a possibly-illegal contract, defending an unconstitutional law for which there's no funding.
Par70 January 31, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Pete -- bullying is not a fact of life and that you think it is and it is desirable is very strange and worrisome. In short - doing nothing should not be considered as learning to deal with it. Bullying behavior should not go unchecked. Assuming that you have paid attention to the news -- the impact of bullying has not been shown to have positive outcomes to put it lightly. In addition - would you be happy if it was son or daughter was on the receiving end or be mortified to find out that your kid was one who was being the aggressor? As far as your last comment - I do not find the correlation about stopping negative behavior having anything to do with Seitz's contract dispute. My understanding is the bullying law is only unconstitutional as it doesn't have proper funding and not that there is any other inherent legal issues with it.
Ryan Chmura February 01, 2012 at 12:28 AM
Teens all over the country kill themselves due to being bullied. Things should be taken care of before the death of a teenager.
Angela February 01, 2012 at 04:12 AM
Seitz and Betz are the two top bullies in our district.. they terrorize and harass teachers and students... both are a disgrace to our district and need to be removed from their sick position of power. There is nothing more dangerous than power in the hands of ignorant, conniving, greedy and arrogant individuals like these two. Wake up people!!!!!!!!!! our students deserve better leaders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maureen February 01, 2012 at 01:17 PM
I agree that bullying is a problem, however the policies in place go overboard. Kids are being punished for the littlest of things. Things most of us have done in our youth. I don't know why Mr. Seitz thinks he is so high and mighty that he is willing to say he will continue to do something that has been deemed unconstitutional. We have a Constitution for a reason. It is supposed to protect us from people like Mr. Seitz. Is anybody aware that a 17 year old former student from Parsippany Hills High School committed suicide this weekend? The school has not even acknowledged this fact on their website or made any effort to express condolences to their students. Where was Mr. Seitz when this young man needed help?
Angela February 01, 2012 at 08:04 PM
Seitz was busy talking to his lawyers to scheme on how to continue to screw us royally. Why are we continuing to think and fool ourselves in the process, that Seitz and his incompetent clonies like Betz give a damm about our students???? they are in for the MONEY!!!! nothing more, nothing less. MONEY is their GOD! I am truly sorry for the student at the Hills.. for him, his parents, his friends and our community. SHAME on Seitz and the entire administration at the Hills who did nothing to help this poor student. Another tragedy that could have been easily prevented if we had the "right people" doing their job.
Carol M. February 01, 2012 at 10:14 PM
Angela and Maureen you should both learn to keep your thoughts to yourselves. Its absolutely disgraceful that someone would dare exploit such a tragedy, as the loss of such a precious young sole, to head down the path you've both traveled here. To use this sad, sad situation as a link to voice your opinions about school administrators is heartless, crude and of the poorest judgement I've seen yet. Have some decency and respect for the loved ones who are in mourning right now.My heart aches for this young man and his family and my deepest condolences to all his family and friends. Please let this family have some peace at this time of great sorrow.
Maureen February 01, 2012 at 10:32 PM
Well Carol, my point is that this tragedy did not have to happen if the administrators had done their jobs properly. I am absolutely heartbroken about this young man and his family. That is why I wrote my comment. The Parsippany school system as a whole let him down, and it should never happen again. They send students to counselors for laughing at something they find funny, but the ones that truly need help get ignored. If that is ok with you, God bless you, but it is not ok with me.
Angela February 01, 2012 at 11:22 PM
A death, is ALWAYS an enourmous tragedy to everyone involved. We, as a community have failed to help someone in need. We need to face where we have failed in order to prevent such tragedy to ever happen again. I expressed my sorrow and my sadness.. have you Carol? You seem to attack everybody regardless what anyone says in this forum. Somebody failed here, big. Lets face our demons Carol. It is about time.
Carol M. February 02, 2012 at 01:15 PM
For goodness sake, if you have even one decent bone in either of your bodies just stop. You have no way of knowing if you are causing this family additional heartache or pain so please don't take that chance and just leave them be.
Angela February 02, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Well Carol it seems that all the "decency" of this world was given to you. For us mere mortals there was nothing left. I wonder who gave you the right or sense of entitlement to be the voice or"conscience" of our community? Because, you do realize I hope, you are doing a despicable job. No one is trying to hurt anybody here. We are just expressing our opinion with tact. Something you definitely lack.
Maureen February 02, 2012 at 06:48 PM
You are wrong Carol, I do have a way of knowing. Do you get it, yet? Your ignorance is sickening. This will be my last comment, I can't respond to your ignorant statements any longer.
Angela February 02, 2012 at 09:28 PM
Bravo Maureen! Some people are born with class (you) .... others (sorry Carol!) try to pursue it all their life....but never quite get it... darn...........
Maureen February 02, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Thank you, Angela.
Carolyn Warner February 03, 2012 at 12:09 AM
for your information, bul·ly1    /ˈbʊli/ noun : 1. a blustering, quarrelsome, overbearing person who habitually badgers and intimidates smaller or weaker people. for everyone against bullying, i think we should reflect on what transpired in this forum. and also, whether your intentions were good or not, as an outsider it seems you are making a mockery out of what happened to one of my friends. please do not use this issue as a way to try and prove one of your points. its too soon to be brought up, and there was a reason that the family did not want the school to publicize it. maybe we should get the whole story before we go and point fingers.
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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