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PALATINE, Ill. (AP) - A suburban Chicago woman has left $50,000 to a scholarship fund at a Palatine high school honoring her son, who endured bullying when he attended 40 years ago. Jeanne Trout left the money to The John Trout Anti-Bullying Scholarship at Fremd High School when she died earlier this month at age 94. 


  Students at Lombard Junior High School in Galesburg created a club to lessen the impact of bullying.  Seventh grader Katie Dunbar came up with the idea for the "Take A Stand Club." Dunbar said she's well acquainted with the stress caused by being bullied. 


“I was left out a lot. And I was cyberbullied. Like girls would make statuses about me. And when I was left out, these girls would just leave me out of the group and push me away and call me names and stuff,” Dunbar said.

The 10th Judicial Circuit Family Violence Coordinating Council offered a special seminar on the use of technology to Bully and Stalk particularly as it relates to young people. 

All Illinois schools will have to create and implement anti-bullying policies, under a new law signed by the governor Thursday at a Chicago school.  

The Center for Prevention of Abuse has visited tri-county schools this month to spread awareness of bullying prevention.  October is National Bullying Prevention Month.  Center officials have worked with teachers to host school assemblies, videos and other activities focused on anti-bullying.  Rachel Boudreau is with the Center for Prevention of Abuse.  She says another top focus is talking to students about cyber-bullying: