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Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Visits Frelinghuysen Middle School to Talk about Bias, Bullying

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Morris County

On April 7, Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Supervising Assistant Prosecutor Samantha DeNegri and Sergeant Patrick LaGuerre visited the students of Frelinghuysen Middle School in Morris Township, and led a presentation on bias issues, cyber harassment and making smart choices about social media.

The presenters stressed exercising good judgment when it comes to how you interact with others or what you post on social media because how you conduct yourself online could potentially impact your future. 

Social media and technology today document everything, even photos and messages you believe are deleted, or only temporary can be accessed and potentially shared after being deleted.

SAP DeNegri and Sgt. LaGuerre explained the difference between bias crimes and bias incidents and cautioned that school administrators can choose to take disciplinary action even if an incident isn’t considered criminal.

Students were able to ask questions of the presenters following the program.

The MCPO routinely conducts presentations at schools throughout Morris County to present on these important topics and talk directly with students. 

This winter, Sgt. LaGuerre and SAP DeNegri visited Morris Plains Borough Middle School, Byram Lakes Intermediate School, Copeland Middle School, Green Hills School, Randolph Middle School, Dover High School, and Gottesman RTW Academy.

“Students today are growing up in a very connected digital world," Prosecutor Robert J. Carroll said. "It’s the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s goal to enable our students to make smart choices about how they interact online and in school.”