By Marcus Rayner | Gloucester County Times, to the Editor

As noted in your editorial, “Look for savings in New Jersey anti-bullying law,” (April 3), the state’s anti-bullying law for schools continues to be an underfunded mandate, despite the bipartisan efforts of Gov. Chris Christie and the Legislature.

In addition to stretching valuable resources to train staff, the law has so many bureaucratic nuances that lawsuits are all but assured. Taxpayers and school districts will have to bear these costs as well, and with a multi-million-dollar settlement already granted in a North Jersey school district, the stage is set for a lot of litigation at a high cost to everyone involved.

New Jersey needs a strong anti-bullying law. But with respect to this particular law, I’m afraid the bleeding has only begun.

Marcus Rayner
Executive Director
New Jersey Lawsuit Reform Alliance