For Discussion: Is More Legislation Really Going To Put An End To These Crazy A$$ Teens Killing Each Other??

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Bobby Tillman bullying legislation

Following a rash of teen suicides in September, the state of New Jersey moved to adopt new legislation to counter bullying. The new law, if passed, would make New Jersey the 46th state with anti-bullying rules. But is that helping?

Since the death of her son last week, Bobby Tillman‘s mother Monique Rivarde has dedicated her life to a crusade against bullying and teen violence.

She has called for a new law requiring juvenile offenders and their parents to seek counseling and tougher punishment for second-time offenders. She has started a fund in her son’s name, the Bobby Tillman Fund, to help kids deal with their rage productively instead of using their fists.

And she has lent her name, and her time, to anti-bullying efforts, including a “youth summit” held Thursday in a Georgia church. More than 600 people were gathered at the Marvelous Light Christian Ministry, in Douglasville, as Rivarde addressed the crowd.

But Georgia already has anti-bullying laws, including provisions to allow parents to transfer their kids to another school to separate them from a bully and raise the penalties for “unlawful disruption of public schools and public school buses.” New Jersey’s new proposed law would expand the definition of bullying to include inflicting emotional harm, add additional criminal charges for bullying, and institute an annual “Week of Respect” will make this law the most comprehensive anti-bully law in the nation. New York passed it’s anti-bullying legislation in September, just three weeks before the suicides we mentioned.

Are parents and lawmakers dealing with this the wrong way? Can the laws really help prevent or stop bullying? Or are we just setting our kids up to fail by throwing words at the situation instead of teaching conflict resolution?

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  • Please

    Legislation cant stop this. At home @sswhipping from parents and being an “involved parent” is the only way. The problem is there are way too many kids out there who parents teach them nothing

    They go into society (in some cases) worse than animals. Why I am a big supporter of mental evaulations before you can have children.

    Way to many kids get born into situations they dont ask for. These same situations are what is turning the youngens in to lil monsters these days.

  • purple love

    I truly don’t get this I was bullied like crazy my dad was a crack head I got called crackbaby N got rolled on if I stuck up 4 myself ppl are cruel sometimes but kids Need to learn to be strong if somebody effn wit u on FB block them its so sad all these kids are taking their own lives for stuff that will end in a couple of years

    • @purplelove

      @purplelove what dont yu get about this?? the fact tht he didnt know these kids WHAT SO EVER therefore there was know way of “blocking them on fb” or the fact that they really did this fer NO REASON & JUMPED the kid who only weighed 125lbs???? cos really i pray fer this boy & his family THIS was all on those little bastards poor bobby tilman had no way of preventing this & LORD knows he didnt deserve it.

  • J. Reezy

    I’ve been gettin bullied by these damn bill collectors. They need legislation to make them stop calling my house..

    • DMX

      I couldn’t help but laugh at ur comment so funny!U are so right on that one.

    • nywoman23...killuminati

      for real ure an a.ss you made me laugh too

    • RHONYC

      BWAHAHAHAHHAHAAAAAA!
      YOU WILIN’!!!
      there is btw:
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      also check out best credit dot com…super useful.🙂

    • POSH

      There is a way you could make them stop calling!

      PAY YOUR DAMN BILL!🙂

  • E.C. from D.C.

    It might not hurt tho…i didnt get bullied much …. always was popular somewhat elementary thru to high school and if a kid tried me i was never one to back down so it was goin down…dont let people think ur an easy target.

  • REE REE@86

    YOU CANNT BLAME ONE THING ITS NOT JUST AT HOME.THERE ARE KIDS OUT THERE W/ GREAT SUPPORT SYSTEM AT HOME AND THEY STILL FOLLOW THE LEADER.WE NEED EVERYTHING TO CHANGE.HOME,SCHOOLS,GOVT,MUSIC.BOYS EITHER FEEL LIKE ITS FUN TO KILL OR THEY NEED TO KILL TO SURVIVE SOCIALY OR PHYSICALLY.I KNOW PERSONALLY TOO MANY THAT ARE SUBJECT TO THIS.AND THERE HOMES WERENT ALL THAT BAD. WE NEED THESE NEW CHILDREN GROWING UP TO SEE DIFFERENT THINGS WHICH IS NEVER GOING TO CHANGE. THERE IS GOOD AND BAD IN THE WORLD AND UNFORTUNATELY MOST FOLLOW THE TREND.

  • MissPerfect

    This is not gonna work ! Look @ the streets of Trenton ,ATL etc .. these kids pick up all these violent acts on the street many of them come from broken homes and these laws dont really protect kids when they are off school grounds .. if these young kids get caught and they go to jail for a awhile they just get WORSE! ..When they get out because they have no money no job skills and they still gonna have that Prision Gang life mentality its a never-ending cycle with these Black Men

  • DMX

    I THINK IT SHOULD START AT HOME AS WELL.WE AS PARENTS NEEDS TO GET INVOLVE IN WHAT OUR CHILDREN ARE DOING.CALL THE TEACHERS EVERY MONTH AND SET UP A CONFERENCE AND SEE HOW UR KID OR CHILDREN IS DOING IN SCHOOL.TALK TO UR KIDS WHEN THEY COME HOME AND SEE IS THINGS GOING OK AND ASK THEM DO THEY HAVE ANY PROBLEMS WITH OTHER KIDS TRYING TO BULLY THEM.I KNOW THE ECONOMY IS BAD AND ALOT OF PARENTS ARE WORKING TWO JOBS AND ARE VERY TIRED ALL THEY WANT TO DO IS GO HOME AND SLEEP BUT STILL TAKE 10MINUTES OF UR TIME TO TALK WITH UR BABIES.THE KIDS WHO ARE USUALLY BULLIES ARE KIDS THAT COME FROM A BAD HOME OR KIDS THATS SEEKING ATTENTION BECAUSE THEY AREN’T GETTING ANY AT HOME.

  • http://yahoo MYSHEL

    THEY SHOULD LOCKED THE PARENTS UP FOR BIRTHING THESE MONSTERS!! SAY WHAT YOU WANT SOMEWERE IN THE MIDST OF THERE CHILDHOOD SOMETHING HAPPEN SOMETHING VERY BAD. I WISH I WAS THE PROSECUTING ATTORNEY THEY WOULD BE SENT TO SUPERMAX ADX COLORADO OR RED ONION SUPERMAX. FORGET THE DEATH PENALTY

  • DontBeScurred

    Too many nigggas, not enough Black people.

    • MissPerfect

      .. couldnt have said it any better !

  • RHONYC

    there is a 100% reliable solution to checking these lil’ f*ckers:
    bullet to brain.
    simple as that.😦

  • one voice

    More legislation, more government, blah, blah, blah. Raise your “f-ing” kids and stop trying to live like white people. You are not them!

  • AfricanMan

    It is their MENTALITY AND WAY OF THINKING THAT HAS TO CHANGE.

    THIS “THUG” “HARDEST N***” MENTALITY HAS TO CHANGE

    EVERY WANT WANTS TO BE A TOUGH GUY THIS DAYS.. SAGGING PANTS, DOO-RAGS…. PEOPLE GOT TO RESPECT THEMSELVES AND OTHERS

  • ms. givmemore

    i say we take all the bullies and put them in one town and let then bully one another to death

  • carebear

    Kids have been killing each for years, one most wonder why do people wanna act now? I am being so honestly, there is something else going on here.

  • jarius

    lockem all up they that is all

  • BIG MAMA CORNBREAD

    RIP GOOD LOOKING YOUNG MAN…IN A WORLD OF CRACK HEADS, ITS IN THE BLOOD.

  • BIG MAMA CORNBREAD

    20-30 YRS EACH…WOW …DON’T DROP THE SOAP.

  • resurrected

    All of these men who killed this boy are ugly and look look adults who never got out of high because they were dumb. You know that 26 year that is still in 12th grade and spends most of his time in the hallway of the school. Really it too all of you to jump on a 16 year old, please you have to learn to think for yourself or you will be damned with the dunb friend that you choose.

  • ~ChynaPeach~

    Smh@ the government sometimes. They also have laws to limit how we discpline our children. Ever since then things have went downhill, because children know there is a line that cant be crossed and will try you until you do so they can call 911. Everything started falling apart when ppl decided to step in your house because your child says “u hurt them” and after they took Religion out of schools. My nephew had case workers at my sis house because her son said his daddy choked him, which he didnt. Kids need to be beaten and they wont let us beat the hell out of them.

  • Jenny

    If Bobby Tillman had been beaten to death by white cops, here comes Rev. Al, Jessie James, the NAACP, NOI, New Black Panthers, and a bunch of black folks in the streets rioting and tearing up their own neighborhood. Better yet, if Bobby had been a white kid, beaten to death by a group of black kids, it would have been labeled a hate crime, would have made national headline (like the white kid beaten by a group of black kids on a school bus) and white folks would be calling for every one of those boys to be strung up from the nearest tree. Our youth are being taught, in part by the media but also by our own reaction to these stories that as long as they are killing each other, no one’s gonna care.

  • Jenny

    Also, while I agree that it starts with the parents, we have to face the fact that many of these children are being raised by people with little to no parenting skills, so what do we do about them? We can say, “that’s not my problem as long as I raise my own kids right,” but until we come together and start helping each other with these kids, we will continue to bury the “good” kids like Bobby Tillman.

    • Divine

      Right! My mom is a teacher and one of her students got suspended for fighting.
      So his mom comes to the school to fight the teacher for suspending her kid.

      The kid was 11 and her mom was 24….She had her when she we 13….

      These kids dont have a chance when their parents are just as immature and irresponsible and crazy as they are!

  • Divine

    That’s anything BUT a perfect comment.

    Its a sad commentary about our race and is a prime reason we can’t progress.

    The very people who can help and do something make the generalized “white is right” mentality statements like its gospel…SMH
    BRAINWASHED!!!!

    I lived in a black suburb and a mixed suburb.
    The white suburb had more veiled problems than you could imagine.

    But white is right…..SAD…

    I have been educated in white schools all my life and lived in the hood. And basically people are the same….

    But problem with OUR people, is we fell for the okie doke.
    We have low self esteem when it comes to ourselves and our people.

    And that statement proves it.

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