May 19, 2023
After being ticketed and paying hefty fines, students anxiously await to see the passage of HB3412 that could end ticketing for minor misbehavior. Though the ticket made them aware of their behavior, it did not solve the root cause of their issues. They think a suspension and counseling would have been enough.
Illinois is trying to close loopholes in the law, but in the meantime, ticketing continues at both campuses. Despite the different approaches and points of view, all are working towards a shared goal: protecting youth and creating safe school environments.
*Note: Angelica Ferrell and Carolina Mendez are fake names to protect the students’ privacy.