SPRINGFIELD - Not only did the House pass a ban on cyberbullying, Thursday afternoon the Illinois House voted 64 to 43 to pass legislation that reinforces Illinois' bullying ban. The bill duplicates Illinois' Bullying Prevention Task Force displayed on the Illinois State Board of Education's website.
Rep. Kelly Cassidy's (D-Chicago) efforts in HB 5707 raised questions from Illinois Family Institute that remain unanswered.
Rep. Cassidy said that the ban on bullying was needed because of students with disabilities being "tortured" and biracial students being "attacked." Cassidy said, as she called for the House floor vote, that she was bullied as a student, not because of being a gay student, but because she held strong religious convictions.
"The fact that the bill's sponsors and the ACLU have refused to ensure the rights of students and school employees to opt-out of 'programming' and 'training' that promote ideas that conflict with their personal and/or religious beliefs reveals the real goal," Illinois Family Institute said in a statement issued after the bill passed.