Wendy McElroy has been giving us many great articles and blog posts on the latest police state intrusions. Her newest one is to do with a new “anti-bullying” law in New Jersey. It was Gov. Christie who signed the bill into law last January. McElroy details the idiocy of the bill, and how obviously Christie could not possibly have read the actual bill before signing it — either that or his judgment is so bad, this should make even Ann Coulter change her mind about him. This is called an “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” law. But what this law actually does is it violates several rights that the real Bill of Rights addresses. This is typical statist crap. Here is just some of McElroy’s article:
The following are merely some of the predictable new difficulties:
Anonymous tips encourage maliciously false accusations.
The bill attempts to forestall this criticism by stating that the tip line “shall not be construed to permit formal disciplinary action solely on the basis of an anonymous report.”
What about two anonymous tips? A student could call twice or a clique could target someone. The onus of proof is on the accused with no consequences borne by the accusers. Moreover, the Crimestopper hotline assumes that grade-schoolers are able to accurately distinguish between bullying and mere rudeness or a refusal to associate.
Children are being taught to inform on peers to the police.
The New York Times reported that “students will be told that there is no such thing as an innocent bystander when it comes to bullying: if they see it, they have a responsibility to try to stop it.”
That not only elicits images of children snitching to the East German Stasi on neighbors and ”friends” but also teaches that snitching to a police force should be the first option, rather than talking to the offending person or standing up for the abused student.
The definition of bullying is unreasonably broad.
According to the bill, conduct that is “good cause for suspension or expulsion” includes, “Continued and willful disobedience; Open defiance of the authority of any teacher or person having authority…; Participation in an unauthorized occupancy … of any part of any school or other building owned by any school district, and failure to leave … promptly after having been directed to do so…; Harassment, intimidation, or bullying.” “Harassment, intimidation, or bullying” includes “any gesture, any written, verbal or physical act, or any electronic communication.”
The bill appropriately prohibits violence against persons and property but school (and state) laws have addressed such offenses for many years. The new prohibitions sound more like social control than a concern for safety.
Nonphysical bullying, such as offending a classmate, is being criminalized.
The police involvement extends beyond the tip line. The bill mandates that “in consultation with the Attorney General, [the police] shall develop a training course for safe schools resource officers and public school employees assigned by a board of education to serve as a school liaison to law enforcement.”
Inappropriate but nonphysical behavior among children is now to be addressed by police policies and training programs.
More reasons to completely abolish “public schools” or government-run schools. The totalitarian police state in which we now live, and only getting worse, led proudly by Barack Obomber and Jamit Napalmitano, is now reaching down into the schools.
If you have kids in New Jersey government schools, you need to take them out and put them in private schools, or homeschool them. Or better yet, move out of New Jersey.