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Ridgefield Goes Extra Mile In Anti-Bullying Efforts

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Ridgefield, NJ (file / credit: Borough of Ridgefield)

Ridgefield, NJ (file / credit: Borough of Ridgefield)

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RIDGEFIELD, NJ (CBSNewYork) - Tough anti-bullying measures took effect in New Jersey schools in September, but what’s happening in Ridgefield is different.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

The borough is the first municipality to tackle bullying with regard to borough activities, and borough property.

The stated goal is to create a safe, and civil environment for employees and residents alike. Verbal abuse and physical intimidation won’t be tolerated there anymore.

A new ordinance calls for a committee that will investigate bullying complaints and recommend remedial action.

Council member Angus Todd, however, abstained from the vote.

“It’s not necessary. You know, we have enough committees, and enough things going on, and I still maintain they’re already laws in effect. You have to do this on an individual case,” he told WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams on Wednesday.

He says that if you’re being harassed, file a police report.

The rest of the council voted in favor.

Ridgefield Mayor Anthony Suarez tells 1010 WINS he hopes to appoint the seven-member committee next month.

“Obviously it’s an important issue,” Suarez said. “The results of bullying have drastic effects on children and young adults so if this committee and this law just saves one kid then the whole exercise was worth it.”

Once appointed, the committee members will receive special training for how to handle bullying cases.

What do you think of the plan? Sound off in the comments section below!

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