CHICAGO (CBS) — Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation designed to give Illinois schools the tools they need to crack down on bullying.READ MORE: Two Chicago Police Officers Shot Near Gas Station In West Suburban Lyons
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.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Cool Changes
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.MORE NEWS: North Side Condo Building Residents Alarmed By Mail Thefts Apparently Committed Using A Master Key
Reeves urged other kids who have been bullied to tell their parents, and just be themselves, despite taunting from others.