Garden State Equality’s Anti-Bullying Helpline:
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If you need immediate support, contact one of the following 24 hour call services: Trevor Lifeline for LGBTQ Youth: 1-866-488-7386, National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) | 1-888-628-9454 (en español)
Call Garden State Equality’s Anti-Bullying Helpline at 1 (877) NJ-BULLY anytime between 10am – 7pm Monday- Friday whether you are a bullied student or the parent or concerned friend of a bullied student.
Call us whether you have been bullied by another student at school, after school or online. Call us no matter the reason you have been bullied – you do not have to be LGBTQ. Garden State Equality was the driving force behind New Jersey’s new anti-bullying law, so we know it backwards and forwards.
In January 2011, Governor Chris Christie signed the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights (ABR), a bold new model to counter school bullying. Garden State Equality is proud to have been the architect of the law and to have led the historic statewide campaign for its passage. To help implement the law and prevent bullying, Garden State Equality visits schools to train administrators, teachers and other staff about the ABR, the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, and LGBTQ cultural competency. We also conduct a different kind of training geared especially to students, and tailor these trainings to be age-appropriate to the schools we visit. If you would like Garden State Equality to visit your school to do an anti-bullying training, please visit our anti-bullying training page.
At Garden State Equality’s Youth Caucus, youth from across New Jersey – LGBTQ, straight and questioning – learn to advocate for equality and school safety. Meetings take place every Monday from 3pm to 4:30, either at a designated meeting place (usually 40 South Fullerton Ave, Montclair, NJ), or via Google Hangout. If you’d like to take part in Youth Caucus, email aaron @ gardenstateequality.org.
ANTI- BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS
In January 2011, Governor Chris Christie signed the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, a bold new model to counter school bullying. In December 2011, the U.S. Department of Education issued a study ranking New Jersey’s anti-bullying law highly among the anti-bullying laws of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. And The New York Times calls the law “the nation’s toughest law against bullying and harassment in schools.” Garden State Equality is proud to have been the architect of the law and to have led the historic statewide campaign for its passage. Today, states across America are looking to our Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights as models for their own legislation. The complete text of the law is viewable here, and the legislature’s official summary of the new law is viewable here.
HIGHLIGHTS OF NEW JERSEY’S ANTI-BULLYING BILL OF RIGHTS:
● America’s first anti-bullying law that sets statewide deadlines for incidents of bullying to be reported, investigated and resolved. Under the new law, teachers and other school personnel must report incidents of bullying to principals on the same day as a bullying incident. An investigation of the bullying must begin within one school day. A school must complete its investigation of bullying within 10 school days, after which there must be a resolution of the situation.
● America’s first anti-bullying law to provide for an anti-bullying coordinator in every district, and an anti-bullying specialist in every school to lead an anti-bullying team that also includes the principal, a teacher and a parent.
● America’s first anti-bullying law to grade every school on how well it is countering bullying – and to require that every school post its grade on the home page of its website. Also on the home page of its website, every school must post contact information for its anti-bullying specialist.
● America’s first anti-bullying law to ensure quality control in anti-bullying training by requiring the involvement of experts from academia and the not-for-profit sector.
● America’s first anti-bullying law to provide training to teachers in suicide prevention specifically with regard to students from communities at high risk for suicide.
● America’s first anti-bullying law to apply not only to students in grades K-12, but also to higher education. Public universities in New Jersey will have to distribute their anti-bullying policies to all students within seven days of the start of the fall semester.
● The law applies to extracurricular school-related settings, such as cyberbullying, school buses, school-sponsored functions and to bullying off school grounds that carries over into school.
● The law requires a school to notify the parents of all students involved in an incident, including the parents of the bully and the bullied student, and offers counseling and intervention services.
● The law mandates year-round anti-bullying instruction appropriate to each grade, and an annual Week of Respect in every school that will feature anti-bullying programming.
● The law applies to all bullied students. In addition to protecting students based on the categories of actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression, the law has clear language protecting students bullied for any other reason.