-Illinois
6:20 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Lawmaker Proposes Stricter Hazing Rules

Illinois teachers, coaches and school administrators would face punishment for failing to report hazing under legislation approved by an Illinois House panel. Anyone employed by a school, college, or university who knew about hazing,  but did not report it to police, would face up to a year in prison and a $2500 fine.

Rep. Martin Moylan
Rep. Martin Moylan
Credit ilga.gov

Representative Martin Moylan, D-Des Plaines, says his proposal will make people accountable for reporting hazing.

“You know, a lot of people thought that hazing had gone by the wayside. But as we found recently, it's still going on.”

Moylan is referring to a case from earlier this year in which a high school in his district fired its soccer coach for failing to report the hazing of several freshmen players.

Illinois Public Radio's Chris Slaby contributed to this report