Thursday, October 07, 2010

Senator's Law Against Meanness on Campus

For U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J, teaching kindness to students is not enough, rather he will introduce legislation against bullying in an effort to force students to be nice to each other.

Reference previous article: Obama Signs Law to End Christian Witness - 'Hate Crimes'

-- From "N.J. Senator Seeks Anti-Bully Law After Suicide" by The Associated Press 10/7/10

Lautenberg, D-N.J., told the crowd gathered Wednesday night [at Rutgers Univ.] in memory of 18-year-old freshman Tyler Clementi . . . [who] jumped off the George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River on Sept. 22 after the intimate images of him with another man were broadcast. . . .

Clementi's roommate, Dharun Ravi, and another Rutgers freshman, Molly Wei, both 18, have been charged with invasion of privacy, and authorities are weighing whether bias crime charges should be added.

Lautenberg said his bill would require colleges and universities that receive federal student aid to create policies prohibiting harassment of any student. Such policies are not currently required by federal law, he said. The bill also would provide funding for schools to establish programs to deter harassment of students.

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