Colorado Bill Will Legalize Crime In Schools
Colorado Bill Will Legalize Crime In Schools
Legalize crime in schools? It’s on track to become a reality if Colorado’s SB-182 passes and is signed into law by Governor Jared Polis.
What are the intentions of this legislation?
“A school resource officer or other law enforcement officer shall not arrest a student of the school, or issue a summons, ticket, or other notice requiring the appearance of a student of the school in court or at a police station for investigation, for conduct that constitutes any of the following offenses allegedly committed on the school’s grounds, in a school vehicle, or at a school activity or sanctioned event.”
What are those offenses that a student cannot be disciplined or even arrested for as found in Section 6 of the bill?
Physically attacking staff or students
Trespass or criminal trespass
Criminal mischief including vandalism
Drugs and drug possession
Causing bodily injury that isn’t serious
Read the above again, out loud. Yes, it says exactly what you think it says. According to Leslie Herod, one of the supposed authors of the bill, this effort will end the school-to-prison pipeline and will ensure all disproportionate discrimination against blacks or hispanics will magically stop.
“We introduced Senate Bill 182 in the Colorado General Assembly this year because school discipline does not have to only result in a punitive outcome like tickets and arrests. We believe schools need strong mental health services, trauma-informed approaches, and discipline codes that reflect age-appropriate discipline. Evidence-based inclusionary approaches to discipline like restorative justice programs can help students process disciplinary incidents and develop the tools they need to help ensure that infractions don’t happen again as they did for us. Kids need to be kids, they need to make mistakes and have the room to learn from those mistakes without jeopardizing their entire future.”
Gosh. That sounds wonderful doesn’t it?? Discrimination will stop, as will any violence in schools. Teen gangs will keep all mischief and violence off school grounds, and once a student has had counseling, no more bullying or drugs! This will stop the epidemic!!
“In response to a school board question, Boulder Valley legal counsel Kathleen Sullivan noted police would not be able to arrest a student who committed a similar assault in school as the one committed years ago by the suspect in the mass shooting at the south Boulder King Soopers.
The suspect was convicted of misdemeanor assault in 2018 while he was a student at Arvada West High School and given probation, according to police reports. Sullivan said an assault at a school would need to result in serious bodily injury for an arrest to be made under the bill.
The third degree assault that the Boulder shooter was convicted of? The victim was throwing up, bleeding from nose and mouth, and had his right eye swollen shut. This horrendous piece of legislation would keep the school and especially law enforcement from bringing charges against the perp for the same thing. That’s right, if this law had been in place then, the Boulder shooter would’ve walked.
New from me, on a bill seeking to ban handcuffing of Colorado elementary school students (it happens more often than you might think) and limit the school-to-prison pipeline. All 9 members of the Black caucus will sponsor it. https://t.co/rBLkBSLxKy— Alex Burness (@alex_burness) March 12, 2021
No, this bill isn’t as simple as that. It’s way more complex and dangerous. This legislation is eerily similar to what was in place, still is for that matter, in Broward County schools. If that name doesn’t sound familiar, it should. That county and school district were all about canceling the school-to-prison pipeline as well. As with Broward County, this school discipline bill will ensure that there is zero consequences for any type of crime committed on school grounds. ZERO. It will legalize crime, just as it did in Broward County.
Beat someone up? Get sent to the alternative school. Perform well there? Back into the mainstream school you go with teachers left unaware and eventually blindsided by that student’s dangerous behavior. Drugs? No big deal, let’s just have a stern talking to from the designated teacher who is now to be trained in how to utilize some acceptable law enforcement practices to “fix” the issue, but no handcuffs!
Oh yes, that’s correct. This school discipline bill purports to have designated teachers trained to do the SRO’s (School Resource officer) job. SRO’s will only be involved if things get super serious as in more awful than beating a kid to a pulp, physically attacking a teacher, or sexually assaulting another student. Oh and forget about reporting bullying, there will be zero consequences for that as well.
The leniency baked into this legislation will essentially legalize crime in Colorado schools. All in the name of being woke. All in the name of pandering to activists who don’t care about the students, nor the teachers.
At Parkland, teachers were left criminally unaware of how dangerous the Parkland shooter really was to them and the students there. All because of the leniency baked into the school-to-prison pipeline lunacy.
Colorado doesn’t need this. School districts NEED to be able to hold students accountable for dangerous behavior. This school discipline bill will do the very opposite.
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