CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation designed to give Illinois schools the tools they need to crack down on bullying.

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WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports 15-year-old high school student Mariah Reeves said she started being bullied when she was in 6th grade.

“It started escalating, because I didn’t know what to do, and I gave them the reaction they wanted, and it just got worse,” she said.

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Eventually, assistance her mother sought helped Mariah get past that.

State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) said the legislation Quinn signed Thursday would require all public schools to develop and carry out an anti-bullying policy.

“What we’ve done today is create a framework; really a floor – because you can go further if you want , but create a floor – that defines what a policy has to contain, and how to build that policy, involving stakeholders,” she said.

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Reeves urged other kids who have been bullied to tell their parents, and just be themselves, despite taunting from others.