CHICAGO – Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed legislation to crack down on bullying in Illinois.
The bill will help protect Illinois students from bullying both inside and outside the classroom.
“Intimidation and fear have no place in Illinois’ schools,” Quinn said. “Every student in Illinois deserves to go to a school where they feel comfortable and safe. This new law is for all students who have been bullied but didn’t know where to turn. Our schools will now set comprehensive anti-bullying standards for all districts so we can help students succeed inside and outside the classroom.”
House Bill 5707 requires all public schools to develop and implement an anti-bullying policy. The 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. The new law is effective immediately.