Governor Quinn Signs New Anti-Bullying Policy Requirement into Law
Updated: Friday, June 27 2014, 09:58 AM CDT
ILLINOIS -- A new Illinois law is taking aim at school bullies.
Governor Pat Quinn signing the bill Thursday in hopes that it will protect students inside and outside the classroom.
The law requires all public schools to create and implement an anti-bullying policy that includes: a definition of bullying, procedures for reporting bullying, and parental notification.
Springfield schools in district 186 already have a policy on the books.
And just this year, they added cyber bullying to the policy.
One Springfield father we spoke with says he fully supports the new law after his teenage daughter ws bullied at school.
"Verbally, people trying to start fights with her. Calling her fat. Everything. She tried to commit suicide. We're still on an upward recovery trying to get her better."
The new law requires school policies including the investigation of reports of bullying and what will be done if it happens.
State education leaders say they'll make sure all schools across the state implement these kinds of policies.