New Jersey State Sen. Diane Allen (R., Burlington) said Wednesday that she planned to introduce legislation soon that would make it easier to fire educators who bully their students.
“My hope is that we can get it through very quickly,” said Allen, a prime sponsor of the state’s existing anti-bullying law.
The legislation Allen said she was drafting was inspired by the recent case of the Cherry Hill father who captured Horace Mann Elementary School staff making hostile and inappropriate statements through a recording device he put in his autistic son’s pocket. The father, Stuart Chaifetz, an animal-rights activist and former school board candidate, made a video that contained portions of the audio recording and posted it last week on YouTube. The video went viral, getting nearly 4.4 million hits and much media attention.