The Over-criminalization Of Lunchline Bullying And It Won’t Be Cheap


Is this more nannyism and overreach by enormously big government who want to criminalize basically everything? You decide.

As a former school principal, when I received an anonymous anything, it hit the circular file. Now, if you are a coward, you can be heard. Don’t stand up and give your foe a fair hearing, cower behind anonymity ,and lodge a complaint that could send someone to the authorities for retribution. The fact that this also leads to the perpetration of deceit seems to have escaped some people. I wouldn’t care about this story if it stopped at the school officials whom I trust to handle it reasonably, however, this stops at the police crimestoppers hot line. I’m serious!

And, AND, this is another costly, unfunded mandate for New Jersey.  We wonder why our schools can’t teach – here’s one reason – resources and time get mandated into oblivion.

From The NY Times: “…each school must designate an antibullying specialist to investigate complaints; each district must, in turn, have an antibullying coordinator; and the State Education Department will evaluate every effort, posting grades on its Web site. Superintendents said that educators who failed to comply could lose their licenses…”

“I think this has gone well overboard,” Richard G. Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, said. “Now we have to police the community 24 hours a day. Where are the people and the resources to do this?”

The lawyers are licking their chops as we speak because this is a slew of lawsuits waiting to happen. Schools could go bankrupt on this alone.

This will include lessons on the difference between tattling and reporting without funding by the government of course. Click for the NY Times article.