Gov. Quinn Signs New School Anti-Bullying Legislation Into Law

WTVO/WQRF -- Governor Pat Quinn has signed legislation into law designed to crack down on bullying in schools both inside and outside the classroom. The Governor's Office says House Bill 5707 requires all public schools to develop and implement an anti-bullying policy. The law states teh policy must include a definition of bullying, procedures for the reporting of bullying, parental notification, the investigation of reports of bullying and actions that may be taken to address bullying.

“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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