• The Anti-Bullying Specialist leads the investigation of incidents of harassment, intimidation, or bullying in the school. They also act as the primary school official responsible for preventing, identifying, and addressing incidents of harassment, intimidation, or bullying in the school.

    If you are a target or believe your child has been a target of harassment, intimidation or bullying, please contact a school administrator or the anti-bullying specialist to report the situation.

    How is Bullying Defined in the Anti Bullying Bill of  Rights?
    (Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Law) 

    The ABR defines harassment, intimidation and bullying (HIB) as any gesture, any written, verbalor physical act, or any electronic communication, whether it be a single incident or a series ofincidents, that is reasonably perceived as being motivated either by an actual or perceivedcharacteristic, such as:

    • Race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity andexpression, or a mental, physical or sensory disability or by any other distinguishingcharacteristic; and that 
    • Takes place on school property, at any school-sponsored function, on a school bus, or 
    • off school grounds, that substantially disrupts or interferes with the orderly operation of theschool or the rights of other students; and that 
    • A reasonable person should know, under the circumstances, will have the effect of physicallyor emotionally harming a student or damaging the student’s property, or placing a student inreasonable fear of physical or emotional harm to his person or damage to his property; or 
    • Has the effect of insulting or demeaning any student or group of students; or 
    • Creates a hostile educational environment for the student by interfering with a student’seducation or by severely or pervasively causing physical or emotional harm to the student.(N.J.S.A. 18A:37-14) 

    The ABR does not explain the meaning of a “distinguishing characteristic.” However, thedictionary (Webster’s Ninth Collegiate Dictionary) defines the word “distinguish” as “… toperceive a difference in … to mark as separate or different … to separate into kinds, classes orcategories … to set above or apart from others … to single out…” The same dictionary definesthe word “characteristic” as “…something that identifies a person or thing or class…”