NJ lawmakers approve tough law to fight bullying

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers have approved what
advocates say will be the nation's toughest laws to fight bullying
in institutions of learning.

The state General Assembly and Senate overwhelmingly passed the
bill Monday. It now goes to Gov. Chris Christie.

It would require anti-bullying programs in public schools and
language in college codes of conduct to address bullying. The
measure would update a law on the books since 2001.

The bill has been in the works for some time but gained
attention after the high-profile suicide of Rutgers University
freshman Tyler Clementi. He killed himself in September after his
roommate allegedly spied on his liaison with a man on a webcam.

The Republican governor has not said whether he would sign the
bill, but he spoke out against bullying after Clementi's death.

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