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The Consequences of Legislating Bullying

May 3, 20130 Comments

bullying consequencesBullying is, unquestionably, a serious problem for teens and adults alike. The results can be devastating. Because of the growing concern surrounding bullying, many states are enacting legislation that hoped to put an end to the practice. Instead, it’s landing teens and younger kids in the courtroom.

Under strict bullying law, kid who called classmate ‘horse’ and ‘fat ass’ goes to court

After enacting the strictest anti-bullying law in the country, the state of New Jersey must now hold trials for kids who call each other names on the playground.

An eighth-grader in the village of Ridgewood who allegedly called a girl “horse,” “fat,” and “fat ass” is just one of a dozen cases that suggest the 2011 law went too far in criminalizing bullying, according to The Star-Ledger.

The boy denied calling his classmate any name other than “horse.”

“I never made any remarks other than horse,” he said in his testimony. “I did not have any intent.”

The boy’s family insisted on having the case brought to trial. In effect, they are appealing the decision to add a bullying charge to his permanent record, which they worry could harm his college chances later in life.

“I don’t feel what my son said to this young woman constitutes violation of the harassment, intimidation and bullying law,” said the boy’s father. “It’s possible that this could track my son through college graduation.”

At least 15 other families have gone to trial to dispute charges leveled under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. Many other students are in the process of initiating appeals.

Read more at The Daily Caller.
Bullying is serious, and talking to your teens about bullying prevention is a must. Unfortunately, you should also take a close look at your state’s anti-bullying laws and discuss them with your teen as well. The last thing you want to do is bail your student out of jail for calling someone else a name.

The Consequences of Legislating Bullying

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