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No more trash-talking for NJ school athletes

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Summer break is almost here for most New Jersey public school students. When student athletes return they must abide by new anti-bullying policies or the team they play on may be penalized. The rule is essentially no trash talking their teammates or their opponents.

The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association and the state Attorney General's Office say it brings school athletic events into line with the state's anti-bullying law for schools.

Specifically students could get into trouble if they make harassing statements related to gender, race, ethnicity, disabilities, sexual orientation or religion.

Referees would also be required to report incidents for further investigation.

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