Mr. T.J. Best
Paterson Public Schools
Paterson Public Schools’ New Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Policy Safe, caring, and orderly schools is one of this district’s top priorities. In January 2011, Governor Christie signed the “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” and in doing so, New Jersey now has the toughest anti-bullying law in the nation. This new law is intended to strengthen the standards and procedures for preventing, reporting, investigating, and responding to incidents of harassment, intimidation, and bullying of students that occur in school and off-school premises.
New Jersey’s anti-bullying law specifically includes protection for groups defined by race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, or a mental, physical, or sensory disability, or by another other distinguishing characteristic. It is important to note that the State’s new definition for Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB), also includes “electronic communication” as cyber-bullying, or bullying via text messages or social networking sites, has become a growing problem in schools throughout the country.
Since students learn by
example, school administrators, faculty, staff and volunteers need to
recognize that school staff members have the public’s trust and confidence
to protect the well-being of all children in our school district. We want
our students to know that diversity is valued, and that stereotyping and
harassment are not acceptable behaviors. Our students and staff are
strongly encouraged to work together to prevent acts of harassment of any
kind. Please note that students or staff who are found to have engaged in
acts of harassment, intimidation, or bullying will be subject to
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