New Jersey Weighs New Bullying Laws After Tyler Clementi Suicide

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New Jersey Sen. Barbara Buono (D-Edison),answers a question about a bill they introduced to toughen the state's anti-bullying laws after the widely publicized suicide of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. Credit: Mel Evans, AP

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey lawmakers have introduced a bill to toughen the state's anti-bullying laws after the widely publicized suicide of a Rutgers University student.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Monday touted the "anti-bullying bill of rights" targeting public schools and colleges.

It would require K-12 districts to establish anti-bullying programs and require training for teachers and staff in suicide prevention and dealing with bullying. Public colleges and universities would need anti-bullying language in their codes of conduct.

New Jersey became one of the first states to pass a school bullying law in 2002. But its sponsors say it didn't go far enough.

Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide last month after authorities say his roommate secretly webcast his tryst with a man.

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