Magazine December 19, 2011, Issue

The State Can Bully, Too

Then-New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Trenton, N.J., January 9, 2018 (Dominick Reuter/Reuters)
A well-intentioned New Jersey law does more harm than good

In September of last year, Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi jumped off the George Washington Bridge and fell to his death. The reason for his suicide, it quickly became clear, was the relentless bullying he had suffered at the hands of his college roommate — bullying that included surreptitiously videotaping Clementi’s kissing another man in the dorm room and then streaming the video online for others to see. Parents of other bullied students, as well as the gay-rights group Garden State Equality, pressured the New Jersey government to do something.

And so it did, with the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. The

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