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What's being called the nation's toughest stand on bullying is now the law in New Jersey.
It's following the suicide of Rutgers student Tyler Clemente He killed himself amid charges He was bully.
Public schools in the garden state must now combat bullying with extra resource -- including.
A bullying specialist in every school extensive counseling sessions coordinators.
You have to file a lot of Paper work every time there's a complaint.
Fair and balanced debate now for your plaza is executive director of the New Jersey association of school administrators also -- this retired school superintendent.
-- the Castro he's vice president of Straus as may associates.
And education consulting firm this training teachers and administrators on this new law mr.
-- is this going overboard.
-- -- think it is not and certainly it's intention but his application.
We're taking away I think the judgment of teachers and others to be able to work with kids to resolve problems.
And creating everything into an investigation that eventually leads from the principal.
To school superintendent right up to the school board so.
Beyond that we've got -- now supervise what happens outside the school -- 24 hours a day seven days a week when there are reports.
That bullying has happened outside the school it comes right back to the school I have to treated as though it happened there so.
We've been asked to do a lot of things without resources on the positive side training and education is all good but we -- questioned whether the resources than their commit to make this lawsuits that.
Gonna Castro here's how the New York Times put it front page lead line.
Under a new state law in New Jersey lunch line bullies can be reported to the police.
By their classmates through anonymous tips to the crime stoppers.
As -- understand -- you're a lawyer so I imagine you look at this from a different perspective.
But my goodness do we really want to take it that far when cops get involved in Juneau lawsuits start flying.
While I think -- -- Hers is a program sponsored by a private organization that school districts contractor work.
-- -- New Jersey law I think than usual as workable and needs to be tweaked a little bit to meet the needs.
But individual school districts I think the legislation will evolve as the year goes on in a school districts experience.
Some of the problems that are in the law but I -- -- say that there are many school districts if not all school districts.
I've been doing this for years and I've been complying with an -- going -- since 2002.
The uniqueness of this new law.
Is this strict reporting requirements investigation procedures -- very strict time lines that sometimes might make it very difficult for school districts to come.
-- -- but I but I wonder where they're gonna come up with a resource it's not just financially and if you borrow some guidance counselors to do this.
I'm not -- look and it countless hours of compliance requirements act.
Mean I just then you then you don't have.
Counselors counseling they're doing something else but mr.
Do you see this escalating.
Beyond reasonableness Johnny complains about Billy shirt -- suddenly.
He's a bully.
Well I'm pretty sure there what's going to happen because there are penalties associated if you don't report and follow up.
That teachers and school personnel are going to report everything that could possibly be considered as Boeing.
That's going to clog the system we're gonna spend more time on those kinds of investigations.
Because that's what the law requires.
And yes you're right the resources to handle that just -- -- Mr.
One last question do you what if the kid -- is another kid on the Internet I mean is the school district now required.
The sort of monitor the Internet 24 hours a day seven days a week to make sure that their students are bowling.
The New Jersey law does require consequences and and reporting procedure for conduct bullying conduct all school grounds -- -- certain circumstance who's gonna do that.
I mean he's gonna everybody's got a FaceBook page of the New Jersey the New Jersey -- ties into that -- standard two year old -- standard that says.
If in fact the act is gonna materially -- substantially disrupt the school day -- the school district has a right to get involved and impose consequences that is.
Probably one of the most difficult provisions of this new law they just.
Unanimous -- grass and reading writing arithmetic and their parents disciplining their kids and telling -- what's right wrong and don't fully and so forth Richard -- -- -- -- Castro thank you both for being with us thank you.
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