Getting a phone call from the school saying their child is in trouble is something every parent fears. Yet when their child’s actions turn into criminality, they call the police.  The Lento Law Firm is here to help you understand the basics.

How does the New Jersey Safe Schools Act work?

Schools inNew Jersey must comply with the following provisions of the Safe Schools Act (Act 44 of 2018):

  • Designate Coordinators for School Security
  • Implement safety training for faculty and staff
  • Be sure that there are guidelines in place for school security personnel.

The Act also established the School Safety and Security Committee of the New Jersey Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). Schools can get assistance from the PCCD in creating safety assessment criteria guides.

Suicide, bullying, violence, and substance abuse are among the issues that the Safe Schools Act aims to address and raise awareness about.

Program Safe2Say Something

To combat cyberbullying and other forms of youth violence, Act 44 established the Safe2Say Something Project. Both adults and teens can benefit from learning to recognize the warning signs that someone presents a risk of harming themselves or others.

Imagine a school administrator has information suggesting a pupil presents a threat to herself or others. They may handle it internally, or in the worst case, they may contact the police and have the kid locked up for the protection of the community.


There are a number of factors that might lead students to commit crimes while at school. They might be trying to shield themselves from harm, misinterpreting the circumstance, or giving in to peer pressure. No of the motivation, the consequences for committing any of these frequent infractions at school are serious:

  • Unfinished crimes (including possession of a firearm or other weapon on school property)
  • Assault \sHarassment
  • Hazing

The incipient offenses of aggravated hazing are detailed in Chapter 9 of Title 18 of the New Jersey Consolidated Statutes. Carrying a blade, gun, or other prohibited weapon onto school grounds is a serious criminal infraction.

Harassment, intimidation, and hazing are all forms of bullying. Harassment is a more pervasive kind of abuse than assault, which is defined as an isolated incident of bodily danger or damage under New Jersey law (18 Pa. C.S. Chapter 7).

To initiate, accept, or affiliate an individual into or with an organization, hazing (18 Pa. C.S. Chapter 28) entails several harmful behaviors to a juvenile or student.

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