“I heard from parents all over the state whose kids had been bullied and they had gotten no support from schools,” said bill co-sponsor Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D)-Chicago said. “It’s clear we were not doing enough, and this new law is a major step in the right direction.” Some parents of Rockford District 205 students have echoed those sentiments, saying they do not believe enough is being done to stop bullying, and even organized a protest in front of district offices over what they perceive as a lack of action (see attached article).
“Intimidation and fear have no place in Illinois’ schools,” Governor Quinn said in signing the bill. “Our schools will now set comprehensive anti-bullying standards for all districts so we can help students succeed inside and outside the classroom.”
The law goes into effect immediately.
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