A new Illinois bill aims to help children get help if they’re being bullied or hazed at school.
The measure would allow for kids under 18 to use the state-wide child abuse hotline to report bullying or hazing.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) would then give callers information on how to handle the situation.
DCFS would also have to report the incident to the superintendent of the school district.
68th District State Representative John Cabello (R) is behind the bill. He calls it a common-sense way to make a difference.
“There’s a lot of kids that have something happen to them in school, and if they don’t feel comfortable telling their parents, and they don’t feel comfortable telling their counselor or teacher, or somebody at the school, this will hopefully give them another avenue to let folks know what’s going on, to make sure it stops,” said Cabello.
The bill now goes to the full house for a vote that could come as soon as next week.