03/29/2012 09:44 am ET

Illinois Bullying Bill Advances In General Assembly, Heads To State Senate

Story by Kate Sosin, courtesy of the Windy City Times:

A bill that would strengthen current anti-bullying protections in Illinois has passed out the Illinois General Assembly, according to Shannon Sullivan, executive director of the LGBT youth organization Illinois Safe Schools Alliance.

Bill HB 5290, introduced by lesbian state Rep. Kelly Cassidy, is headed to the Illinois Senate.

The bill is not directly related to LGBT issues. Rather, it adds to the current code to create a model bullying prevention policies for schools for 2013. The current school code does contain LGBT anti-bullying protections.

"To get straight to the heart of bullying in our schools, it will take a comprehensive approach among parents and educators," Cassidy said in a statement. "By giving school district the tools to combat bullying and working with the community to offer youth programming and professional development for staff, we can help ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for children and schools."

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