Students in Illinois who commit hazing against classmates face fines, probation, and even time behind bars.
A proposal that advanced in the Illinois legislature on Wednesday would extend those penalties to school personnel who fail to report such incidents to police.
Chris Slaby reports.
Representative Martin Moylan, a Democrat from Des Plaines, said his legislation follows an incident in his district earlier this year.
A high school soccer coach was fired when several freshmen were allegedly beaten and sexually assaulted as part of a hazing ritual.
MOYLAN: “This was reported to a parent and when the coaches knew about it, the teachers knew about it, they didn’t do any corrective measures.”
Moylan’s plan would make it a misdemeanor for teachers, coaches and school administrators to not report hazing.
Punishment could include up to a year in jail.
MOYLAN: “We’re saying when they do nothing, they do not act, they’re going to be held just as responsible as the hazers.”
The measure was unanimously approved by a House committee and now heads to the floor.