According to the Star-Ledger today, Ridgefield may be the first town in New Jersey to outlaw bullying. Since September, schools already by law have to investigate any bullying that is reported- but “that is reported” language could lead to loopholes. The rule in Ridgefield is intended, among other things, to clarify how to report bullying. The suicide of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi brought the issue into focus.
In October, an anti-bullying rule was floated by Montclair councilor Renee Baskerville to make saying bad things about town council members a firing offense. The ordinance was pulled, but there was a resolution about niceness (“establishing rules, policies and procedures pertaining to civility and professional conduct”).
Here’s your open thread. Talk about bullying, school rules, town councils, whatever you like– just be nice (no bullying in the bullying thead!). What do you think, can rules stop bullying? Or what do you think is most effective?