Things continue to grow more and more ridiculous in liberal-lands all over this country. And this little story out of New Jersey goes to prove just that. In this age of political correctness and “life must constantly be fair to all” no wonder we are raising a generation of little brats. Children don’t have the least bit of coping skills to deal with the slightest of hurt feelings. The term “bullying” used to apply only to the worst of kids who constantly berate other children– now, anyone who “jostles” someone in the lunch line is labeled a bully, instead of a normal kid learning new boundaries from other normal kids.
And now, if you are a school child in New Jersey and someone jostles you in the lunch line at school– you are directed to now call the cops via a Crimestopper phone line!
Under a new state law in New Jersey, lunch-line bullies in the East Hanover schools can be reported to the police by their classmates this fall through anonymous tips to the Crimestoppers hot line.
In Elizabeth, children, including kindergartners, will spend six class periods learning, among other things, the difference between telling and tattling.
And at North Hunterdon High School, 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.
But while many parents and educators welcome the efforts to curb bullying both on campus and online, some superintendents and school board members across New Jersey say the new law, which takes effect Sept. 1, reaches much too far, and complain that they have been given no additional resources to meet its mandates.
The law, known as the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights, is considered the toughest legislation against bullying in the nation. Propelled by public outcry over the suicide of a Rutgers University freshman, Tyler Clementi, nearly a year ago, it demands that all public schools adopt comprehensive antibullying policies (there are 18 pages of “required components”), increase staff training and adhere to tight deadlines for reporting episodes.
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?”
I’m almost left without words at how far we have fallen from what used to be known as common sense. Clearly, it’s not so common anymore. This new little generation of pansies left without the ability to cope and work through the most basic of childhood problems grow up to be the adults suing everybody for the hot coffee that they purchased that they spilled on themselves, they are the adults suing their parents for growing up without the best birthday parties like others of their peers, and they are the adults who look for the government to provide and take care of their every need and situational problems.