(720 ILCS 5/12-7.2)
(from Ch. 38, par. 12-7.2)
(a) A person commits
educational intimidation when he knowingly interferes with the right of any
child who is or is believed to be afflicted with a chronic infectious
disease to attend or participate in the activities of an elementary or
secondary school in this State:
(1) by actual or threatened physical harm to the person or property of
the child or the child's family; or
(2) by impeding or obstructing the child's right of ingress to, egress
from, or freedom of
movement at school facilities or activities; or
(3) by exposing or threatening to expose the child, or the family or
friends of the child, to public hatred, contempt or ridicule.
(b) Subsection (a) does not apply to the actions of school officials or
the school's infectious disease review team who
are acting within the course of their professional duties and in accordance
with applicable law.
(c) Educational intimidation is a Class C misdemeanor, except that a
second or subsequent offense shall be a Class A misdemeanor.
(d) Independent of any criminal prosecution or the result thereof, any
person suffering injury to his person or damage to his property as a result
of educational intimidation may bring a civil action for damages,
injunction or other appropriate relief. The court may award actual
damages, including damages for emotional distress, or punitive damages. A
judgment may include attorney's fees and costs. The parents or legal
guardians of an unemancipated minor, other than guardians appointed
pursuant to the Juvenile Court
Act or the Juvenile Court Act of 1987, shall be liable for the amount of any
judgment for actual damages awarded against such minor under this
subsection (d) in any amount not exceeding the amount provided under
Section of the Parental Responsibility Law.
(Source: P.A. 86-890.)