SPRINGFIELD (WREX) — Rep. John Cabello has introduced legislation that would give youth a safe resource to report bullying incidents or hazing in schools.
On Wednesday, it was approved Wednesday by the State Government Administration Committee. It now moves to the House for a full vote.
House Bill 2786 would allow school-aged children under the age of 18 to use a statewide toll free child abuse hotline to report bullying or hazing. The bill requires the Department of Children and Family Services to provide callers with information no how to handle the situation and to report the incident to the superintendent of the school district. In the case of a private school, the administrator of the school would be notified.
Children who report such an incident would remain anonymous.
DCFS would further be required to inform all school districts and non-public schools in Illinois that the hotline may be used by children under the age of 18 to report bullying and hazing incidents, and post information on how a child can report an alleged incident of bullying or hazing via the hotline on a prominent place on the Department’s website.
“Bullying is an all-too real, too often occurrence in schools today,” Rep. Cabello said. “Students deserve as much protection and support we can provide them. Allowing kids to utilize the state’s existing hotline to include reports of bullying or hazing in school is one common-sense way we can make a difference.”
Cabello serves the 68th District, which includes portions of Rockford, Loves Park, Machesney Park and Cherry Valley.