SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – In an effort to help students deal with bullies, state Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin has introduced legislation requiring schools to inform students about resources available to them if they are being bullied.
“No child should fear going to school because they are being bullied,” Conyears-Ervin said. “While we may not be able to stop bullying from happening, we can help protect our children by ensuring they receive important information about resources that are available to them if they are experiencing bullying.”
According to a 2015 Survey by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 20 percent of students in Illinois grades 6-12 reported being bullied on school property. Conyears-Ervin is working to reduce this number by ensuring schools have a basic structure in place to inform and help students deal with bullies. The bill mandates schools inform students quarterly about resources available to them, and what to do if a student is bullied. The bill also requires schools to designate personnel who are available to help students with bullying problems and who students can report bullying to.
“Bullying has a direct impact on the confidence of children, and can lead to reduced academic performance and mental health issues down the road,” Conyears-Ervin said. “As a mother, I want to do anything I can to prevent children from being the subject of bullying; and if they ever were, I want them to know what resources they have at their school to help them deal with the problem.”
State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin is the state representative for Illinois’ 10th district. Her office can be reached at by phone at 773-417-1020 or by email at Rep@ConyearsErvin.com.