Updated: June 26, 2014 9:43PM
If only a brand-new anti-bullying law had been in place when Mariah Reeves’ torment began several years ago in the sixth grade, she might have been spared depression and suicidal thoughts and hospital stays.
So 15-year-old Mariah beamed as Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law on Thursday measures that immediately force schools to not only have anti-bullying policies — which most do — but to clearly define bullying, lay out how to report it and tell parents how bullies and their victims will be treated, including a timeline for investigations. All schools are covered — charter schools and non-public schools, too, and schools must file their bullying prevention policies with the Illinois State Board of Education...READ MORE