Anti-bullying measures mark NJ suicide anniversary

September 22, 2011 - 3:30 PM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Officials are grappling with anti-bullying guidelines a year after a New Jersey freshman jumped to his death off the George Washington Bridge after his gay sexual encounter was broadcast online.

The state's anti-bullying laws were tightened after the suicide of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi a year ago Thursday. His roommate is accused of setting up a webcam to spy on Clementi and is charged with bias intimidation and invasion of privacy.

Earlier this week, the state attorney general distributed new guidelines to school officials and law enforcement about the law. Some school officials say they're still trying to determine which infractions fall under the guidelines.

One superintendent says his staff had to decide whether a second-grader saying another has "cooties" rises to the level of bullying. It didn't.