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Governor Christie: Please Excuse Peter From School, He Was With Me

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Published on May 2, 2012

Garfield Town Hall. May 2, 2012 (Transcript Below)

Peter from Point Pleasant Beach: Peter Schwartz. I understand the bullying law that you passed but I don't understand what to do if a person in authority is bullying me.

Governor Christie: All right. Well, first thing you do-- I'll give you advice, first as a dad, second as Governor, OK? First as a dad, if someone in authority is bullying you, the first thing you do is to go to your parents and tell them, which I'm sure you probably have done. Next is the advice as Governor. Everybody has a boss. Everybody has a boss. And so whoever that person in authority is who's bullying you, you need to go and your parents need to go to that person's boss, and you need to lay out the case as to what's going on, and you need to tell the truth about it. You need to make a stink over it because no one in this state should be subjected to that. It's not right. And so if there's a person in authority who's treating you in that way and we've seen some examples of this unfortunately very recently in Cherry Hill and some other places, where people who are in authority who are entrusted with children every day may be acting in a way that's completely inappropriate, there's no excuse for it. So Peter you need to tell your parents, if they both have to come, maybe one, maybe the other. You decide which one you think is the better arguer, all right, and you take them with you to this person's boss and you lay out the case. And if you don't get any satisfaction from that person then you're going to get one of my guys cards and you're going to send him an email or call him on the phone and tell them how the meeting went and if it turns out at school that this isn't going well, and you don't get satisfaction, then maybe that person will get a call from the Commissioner of Education who is that person's boss and is everybody's boss in the education, the K-to-12 education world. All right? Now Peter is apparently an aspiring reporter because it appears he has a follow-up. Yes Peter, what's your follow-up Peter?

Peter: I kind of need a note for school.

Governor Christie: You need a note for school? All right. Peter, this just says please excuse Peter from school today. He was with me. Good luck, OK? Thank you Peter. And good luck.

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