Tougher anti-bullying laws should protect students

By Kelsey Gibbs | kgibbs@wcia.com

Published 08/04 2014 06:30PM

Updated 08/05 2014 12:05PM

Update: 10:10 pm
ILLINOIS -- The first day of school is just around the corner, but lawmakers hope to put a stop to cyber-bullying before kids are back in class. A new law protects students around the state by banning cyber-bullying outside the classroom.

It builds off previous legislation. It will help ensure students aren't bullied through electronic means whether they are at school or home. For many students, the new law is a great start.

The law applies to devices not owned or used by a school and requires a school's anti-bullying policy to include an investigation for any act of bullying which causes a disruption to a school's operations or educational process.
Original: 6:30 pm
ILLINOIS -- Stiffer laws could put an end to cyber-bullying before the school year begins. Some students say they've never been bullied on social media, but they know lots of friends who have.

The governor signed a law to protect students across the state by banning cyber-bullying outside the classroom. The new law, which builds on previous legislation bans cyber-bullying in schools.

It will help ensure students aren't bullied through electronic means whether they're at school or home. For many students, the new law is a great start.

It applies to devices not owned or used by a school and requires a school's anti-bullying policy to include an investigation for any act of bullying which causes a disruption to a school's operations or educational process.

The governor recently signed a bill requiring all public schools to develop and implement an anti-bullying policy. Both laws take effect January 1, 2015.

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