About two weeks ago, I sat through 7 hours of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying training at Rutgers. Every teacher in New Jersey has to now go through bullying training that is demanded by Governor Chris Christie. People say the new law came into effect and was actually made after the Clementi suicide. Although I passionately agree that we need to address bullying in our classrooms and try to prevent bullying from taking place, some laws draw a vague line on how far we can go into identifying bullying. I was always taught that bullying was a repeated attack or repeated offense. Now, it can be one single act and your writing up about 4 pages of paperwork and within a very strict timeline. The things they identify as bullying are controversial by some teachers and even feel it is going over the line. The one aspect that teachers feel this drastically is with cyber bullying. If students post something about another student over the weekend on their Facebook or Twitter, it is supposed to be the teachers responsibility to find out and report this as bullying. Invasion of privacy? Doesn’t matter, it is the law now. Things that students do not even in the presence of teachers can not be considered bullying. I feel that cyber bullying is the most common form of bullying in today’s society but also the hardest to prevent and reprimand. It is however an issue and becoming worse and worse. Here are a few words of advice from Katie Couric…

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