New legislation presented by Illinois State Rep. Marty Moylan, 55th District, is aimed at strengthening discipline for educators aware of hazing incidents, according to statement on Tuesday.
Maine West High School in Des Plaines, where Moylan served as mayor until the end of 2012, is involved in a hazing and bullying lawsuit filed by four current and former students.
“It saddens me to see such abusive behavior, like hazing, happening in our schools,” Moylan said. “This legislation strengthens the penalties for failing to report an act of hazing in hopes that we can encourage school employees in the future to report the incident.”
The current definition of those guilty of hazing is restricted to the individuals who performed the act, according to Moylan’s statement. The bill he introduced, House Bill 1443, expands the definition of hazing violators to include any person employed by a school, college, university or other educational institution of Illinois, who is responsible for reporting criminal conduct committed on the educational institution’s property.
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