Anti-Bullying Forum Brings Legislators and Experts to Montclair State

Hosted by the office of Senator Lautenberg, forum kicks off University-wide week of events for “This is My Campus Week: Stop Bullying and Campus Violence.”

Photo: Mike Peters

The sponsor of New Jersey's "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights," Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle speaks at Montclair State University's Anti-Bullying Forum.

With upwards of 400 students, educators, and members of the public in attendance, an anti-bullying forum featuring discussion by legislators and experts in the field was held on February 7 at Montclair State University’s Conference Center. Hosted by the office of U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg, the forum was the marquee event for the first day of a planned week of awareness-building events scheduled to take place at the University.

Opening with a videotaped welcome from Senator Lautenberg, who sent his regrets for not being able to attend, the forum featured remarks from New Jersey Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who sponsored the state’s “Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights,” and Steven Goldstein, Chair and CEO of Garden State Equality.

A panel of experts, moderated by J. Frank Vespa-Papaleo, Esq., adjunct professor at Montclair State’s Center for Child Advocacy, followed covering topics such as “U.S. Department of Education Anti-Bullying Initiatives,” “Cyber-Bullying and Internet Safety,” and “How the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Affects You.”

Featured panelists were Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools, U.S. Department of Education; Derick Rill, congressional specialist, Federal Trade Commission; Parry Aftab, founder, Wired Safety; Jennifer Keyes Maloney, assistant director of government relations for NJPSA; and Staff Sergeant Gregory Williams, New Jersey State Police. A question and answer session concluded the proceedings.

The forum was part of Montclair State’s “This is My Campus Week: Stop Bullying and Campus Violence,” a week of events to help raise awareness of the issues of bullying, cyber-bullying, and campus violence. All the events are open to the University community and to the public and a schedule of the events is available at This is My Campus Week.

The federal and state legislation dealing with bullying issues is also available for viewing online:

The Federal Legislation: Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act of 2010
The State Legislation: Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act

See more photos from the Anti-Bullying Forum.

Read an article about the event in The Patch.