The Christian Post website reports today (November 17, 2010) that the New Jersey legislature is close to passing an amendment that will create an Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights.
Provisions that expand the definition of bullying to include inflicting emotional harm, add additional criminal charges for bullying, and institute an annual "Week of Respect" will make this law the most comprehensive anti-bully law in the nation.
The bill mandates that teachers, administrators, and school staff receive bullying training, in addition to the suicide training already mandated.
According to statistics in the bill, more than a third of all U.S. students were bullied in 2009. Of those students, half reported that bullying was a weekly or daily problem.