Browsing All Posts filed under »Hate Crimes«

Light sentence for bully, heavy burden on kids everywhere

May 23, 2012


(Originally published in Times of Trenton Letters to the Editor – May 23) As disappointing as is Dharun Ravi’s light sentence in the Tyler Clementi bullycide case, the fact remains that he takes no responsibility and feels no remorse for what he did, which makes the outcome all the worse. And the message to bullies, […]

NJ Toughest Anti-Bullying Law

July 13, 2011


Are you aware that NJ has one of the best and toughest anti-bullying laws in the country effective this September ? The 2009 report by the New Jersey Commission on Bullying in Schools helped push this law into reality. Do you feel like this law will help? Does this 2009 report portray your school’s environment? How will the law affect your classroom and/or teaching style? […]

NY to Adopt an Anti-Bullying Bill

June 25, 2010


After a decade of debate, NY may adopt an anti-bullying bill that would require all school districts to report incidents of bullying to the State Education Department. Assemblyman Daniel J. O’Donnell, the main advocate for the bill said, “What we’re trying to do is nip bullying in the bud.” The bill passed, 58 to 3, […]

Business Week writes about Hate Crimes: Teaching Tolerance Begins at Home

June 17, 2009


Business Week reporter Anne Newman writes: “Less than a week after President Obama’s Cairo speech urging peace and tolerance in the Middle East, Wednesday’s murder of a Holocaust Memorial Museum guard in Washington is a chilling reminder of how active organized hate groups are at home. While our YouTube-Facebook-Twitter-texting-connected kids have unprecedented tools for finding […]


June 16, 2009


While this is a great idea, it does not take the place of teaching tolerance and character development in school and in the home.  See article here

Pass the Matthew Shepard Act – The Petition Site

May 9, 2009


Attacks against LGBT people are one of the more common forms of hate violence but, tragically, one of the least protected. Hate crimes as a whole declined one percent last year, according to the FBI, but LGBT hate crimes increased six percent. Here is your opportunity to help get legislation passed to stop this violence:   […]