New Jersey Rep. Gottheimer's Five-Part Anti-Bullying Plan
RIDGEWOOD, N.J. - One in five students will be bullied at school or online in the United States.
"This isn't a Democratic or Republican issue-- this is a mom and dad issue,"said Rep. (D-5th District) Josh Gottheimer of New Jersey in a press conference on Monday. "And it's high time; we need to do more to solve it."
Gottheimer announced a five-part anti-bullying plan to combat bullying throughout The Garden State.
At his side, stood Jane Clementi, whose late son, Tyler, took his own life after being bullied at Rutgers University.
"My reality became real; the consequences became very real to me in 2010 when my youngest son Tyler was a victim of bullying," said Jane.
Gottheimer is the co-sponsor of the Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act. The bill will require colleges and universities that receive federal student aid to enforce policies against harassment of students, based on race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, gender identity or disability.
"At the end of the day, we will stop at nothing to make sure our children are protected from bullying, and to ensure the proper safeguards are in place," Gottheimer said.