Chicago (AP) -- Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation into law that aims at reducing
bullying in Illinois schools.
Quinn signed the bill Sunday at a Chicago school and the law goes into effect immediately. His office says the measure expands the definition of bullying to include communications via e-mail, text message or social networking Web sites.
Quinn says the new law "helps schools protect students so they can succeed both inside and outside of the classroom."
It requires Illinois schools to have gang-prevention training and creates a 15-member School Bullying Prevention Task Force in the state. The task force must prepare a report for the Illinois governor by March 1.
This article was published in The Chicago Tribune on June 27th, 2010 and was written by the AP.