GLENVIEW, Ill. – A second student suspended after participating in a videotaped hazing (search) incident filed a lawsuit Tuesday to prevent the punishment from being enforced.
The girl, listed as Jane Doe, filed the lawsuit in Cook County Chancery Court against William Eike, Glenbrook North High School's (search) dean of students.
The lawsuit seeks an emergency injunction against the suspension, an official in the clerk's office said.
The lawsuit came as the school announced it has now suspended 32 seniors, 28 girls and four boys, for their involvement in the incident. School officials would not say what role the boys played.
The 10-day suspensions were the longest the school could hand down, said Principal Michael Riggle (search). It will be up to the school district to decide whether to expel the students, he said.
"We have never tolerated actions of this nature within our school or by our students within the community, nor will we now or in the future," Riggle said.
The students have three days to begin the appeals process.
Within hours of Monday's disciplinary decision, senior Marnie Holz, 18, filed a lawsuit.
A judge Tuesday agreed to expedite consideration of Holz's request and set a hearing for Wednesday.
Senior girls from the school beat their junior classmates and showered them with mud, feces and garbage on May 4 at a Cook County park. Five girls were injured seriously enough that they needed to go to the hospital.
Although the hazing took place off campus, Riggle said the school district's lawyer advised him that the school had broader powers to discipline students than he had thought.
Suspensions could bar students from the prom and graduation. Expulsion from the school would not prevent seniors from graduating. Those seniors who have not yet earned enough credits to graduate will be sent to "alternative education" to complete their studies, Riggle said.
The school found that the students violated laws on hazing and assault. The investigation also found the students violated the school's hazing policy and the Illinois school code. Authorities have said criminal charges are likely.
Authorities have been investigating anonymous tips that parents provided kegs of beer for the hazing, which started as a "powder puff" football game. So far, they have no solid leads, Northbrook police said.