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Ridgefield Considers Outlawing Bullying

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Classroom (File - credit: CBS 2)

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RIDGEFIELD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Ridgefield is on the brink of a first.

Mayor Anthony Suarez has asked the borough attorney to draft an ordinance that would basically outlaw bullying.

The measure would ban bullying and harassment in recreational sports, at the library and on municipal property.

Bullying doesn’t just take place in schools, it also takes place on the playground, we have various sports programs, various programs with our children’s department at the library so the concept is to be able to expand the theory of anti-bullying, making the town an anti-bullying zone,” Suarez told 1010 WINS.

Parents would also be provided with information regarding bullying, explaining what it is and how to stop it, as well as training sessions and seminars.

Suarez hopes that if the law goes into effect, other towns and municipalities will catch on and start doing the same.

“This is something that some people might be think is minor and just goes away but it doesn’t,” Suarez said. “It’s a problem that exists and we have to face the fact that it is a problem that needs to be addressed. I think that the more and more that people become aware of this the better it for the children, for their future.”

New Jersey already has an anti-bullying law on the books that requires schools to investigate any incident that is reported.

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