NJ bullying laws getting pushed off by lawmakers

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Dianne Grossman is waiting with bated breath on the fate of a bill unofficially known as Mallory’s Law named after her daughter, a Rockaway Township middle school student who died by suicide after being bullied.

The bill had been scheduled for a vote on Friday, but was pushed off with few chances left as the legislative session winds down.

The bill, which passed the Senate unanimously in the summer of 2019, became stuck in the Assembly only to resurface recently. Grossman credited this to the attention given to hazing incidents at a Wall Township high school.

“I am glad we are now getting back to it. I know the Legislature and school systems had other issues to deal with during COVID. I believe because of Wall Township and the issues that they were having with hazing, that brought it back to the front of our minds,” Grossman said.

Grossman’s daughter was 12 and a student at Copeland Middle School in 2017 when she was allegedly bullied on school grounds and virtually. 

Mallory Grossman died by suicide in June 2017. She was 12 years old. Mallory Grossman's photo on the Mallory's Army Facebook page.

Known as S-3433 in the Senate where it was sponsored by Sens. Joe Pennacchio, R-Morris, and Patrick Diegnan, D-Middlesex, and A-1662 in the Assembly where its primary sponsors are Annette Quijano, D- Union County, Angelica Jimenez, D-Legislative District 32 and Joe Danielsen, D-Legislative District 17, it calls for parents to start bullying investigations by filing “tickets,” or trackable records, about incidents which notify parents and local, county and state educators and administrators immediately, even before a bullying claim is substantiated, Grossman said.

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