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Issues

Anti-bullying Protections

The Illinois Prevent School Violence Act prohibits bullying in schools and explicitly includes bullying on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender-related identity or expression. The Act defines bullying as any severe or pervasive physical or verbal act or conduct, including communications made in writing or electronically, directed toward a student.

Examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to, harassment, threats, intimidation, stalking, physical violence, sexual harassment, sexual violence, theft, public humiliation, and destruction of property. Bullying is prohibited in school, on school property, in school vehicles, at designated school bus stops (at applicable times), during any school-sponsored or school sanctioned education program, event, or activity, and through the use of a school computer or computer network.