Schools in Illinois may soon have to beef up their plans on what they do when there’s a bully. State Sen. Heather Steans (D-Chicago) says school districts must get tough with bullies. Her proposal would strengthen the guidelines for how schools deal with bullying.
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She says most students don’t know who to turn to when they are being bullied, and that the problem has grown so much some kids have committed suicide. “Not that there’s a policy that could have prevented it but this situation is all too common and we’re seeing a lot of negative impacts from bullying right now,” Steans says. The proposal would include social worker interventions and a way for the bullied to deal with their problems. If the proposal passes the Senate it will go to the governor.