JOHNSTOWN, Pa. —
Meanwhile, parents and students can use a Web portal to report bullying allegations. Those too must be investigated, Townsend said.
Freiwald said New Jersey's state education officials are able to review the information – with individual names redacted – to spot areas where bullying instances are high.
"They want to see the trends," she added.
Other states are considering bills patterned after New Jersey's law, Pennsylvania among them. A bipartisan group of 95 state representatives is working to push the Pa. Safe Schools (Pass) Act through the House.
Hurst writes for The Tribune-Democrat in Johnstown, Pa.