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Bullying Incidents Down in Brick Schools This Year

Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick Township Board of Education/Schools (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The number of bullying incidents in Brick schools are down this year, according to documents filed with the state on instances of harassment, intimidation and bullying in schools.

School districts are required to report such incidents to the state under New Jersey’s anti-bullying law which was signed by Gov. Chris Christie in 2011.

So far this year, there have been 16 confirmed incidents of harassment, intimidation or bullying, down from 22 at the same time last school year, according to Earl Mosley, the district’s anti-bullying coordinator. Of the incidents that did take place, the vast majority – 10 of 16 – took place in the township’s middle schools. Four incidents took place in the two high schools while two took place in the eight elementary schools.


Mosley said the drop in the number of bullying incidents is due to the district’s proactive approach, including instituting character education, service clubs, the recognition of diverse leaders and positive approaches such as lunch with the principal at the elementary level.

In middle school, there are similar programs, mixed with counseling and discipline where necessary. At the high school level, Mosley said, students participate in assemblies and other programs such as the Society of Game Changers, the Brick Hero Awards, and another program where high school students have interacted with middle school students.

Teachers district-wide have all undergone anti-bullying training, including weekly meetings at each high school. There has also been a district-wide “Week of Respect” that presents additional programs.

Many of the district’s bullying incidents can be tracked to activities out of school, however, especially social media.

“Parents, please take a look at what your kids are seeing on social media, because it is very scary,” Mosley said.

  • “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” is a song that could
    help to combat bullying by teaching kids kindness
    & tolerance.
    I was a teacher for 20 years.

  • Brandy the Dog

    I’ve been searching long and hard for the last 5 years to find something, anything that Governor Christie has accomplished during his “Reign of Terror”. Finally I’ve found it and this is it!!! Governor Christie signed “The Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights” in January 2011 making NJ have one of the most effective ‘anti-bullying’ laws in the U.S.. Kudos to him on this! ….now if the gov. would just abide by his own laws? But this is a good thing.

    • Frank Rizzo

      meanwhile Rome burns in corruption and the people of the state are themselves victims of a Bully named “Governor”

      • JJones

        And Obama …!!

      • Brandy the Dog

        Frank, This is NJ and unfortunately we’ve experienced political corruption for so long and from all political parties.

    • JW P

      I don’t know too much about this act but give Christie credit/criticism where he deserves it, but then again I have very few ties to the public school system these days. This isn’t like Texas’ ‘no tolerance’ insanity that gives kids class c felony convictions for fighting? I understand people don’t like bullies, but kids do it all the time- each and every one of has done it on some level- so it really seems like a shame to victimize kids so severely for what are fundamentally low-bore social infractions.

      • Brandy the Dog

        JW P, This newer law came about after there were numerous student suicides and this now includes higher education. NJ had an anti-bullying law in 2002, but it only encouraged school districts to set up programs to combat bullying but did not mandate it.
        The “Anti Bullying Bill of Rights” requires training for most public school teachers, administrators and other staff members and mandates that all districts set up a “School Safety Team” to review all complaints.
        Believe me, NJ is no where near Texas when it comes to disciplining the bully. NJ is using more of a prevention and intervention technique. Some examples of the consequences are: admonishment, temporary removal from class, classroom or administrative detention, referral to disciplinarian, in school suspension, out of school suspension and more severe cases; report to law enforcement or other legal action, and the very rare expulsion from school.

  • SigTac

    Standing up to Bullies at one time built character. Now it gets the poor kid expelled.

    • Brandy the Dog

      Sig Tac, While learning to deal with hurt feelings and unkind treatment are a part of growing up and the learning process, all children should feel safe going to school and be free from being intimidated or harassed. The bully also has to learn that he/she should be held accountable for their actions.
      Expulsion from public schools is a long process and is very rare.

    • Brandy the Dog

      Sig Tac, I may have misunderstood your comment, I thought you were defending the bully, but I think you are saying , ‘the kid that defends himself against the bully often gets into trouble’.

      • SigTac

        Second time is the charm Brandy. You got it. That is what I was saying. I feel that those who are forced to comply to bullies demands by the school are double victims. Part of growing up is learning how to handle negative situations. Sometimes the little guy has to handle the big bully with a 2×4. Kidding there, but you get my idea.