Safety Law News for June 22, 2015

  • The Court of Appeals of Kentucky has clarified when schools are liable for unsafe conditions.  The “special relationship” formed between a school district and its students imposes an affirmative duty on the district, its faculty, and its administrators to take all reasonable steps to prevent foreseeable harm to its students.  Educators are not entitled to qualified official immunity for negligent performance of this duty.

Safety Law News for June 11, 2015

  • In Wyoming, the Attorney General has convinced the legislature to reconsider its rejection of HB 144. The legislation establishes a comprehensive school safety program, a 24/7 school safety tip line, and funds for training additional school resource officers as well as teachers to become certified as school safety officers.
  • In Florida, the Department of Education has posted statewide incident report data from the 2013-14 school year.  The data covers bullying, fighting, sex offenses, and weapons possession. Eight of the top 10 schools with the most fighting incident reports were from Miami-Dade County.
  • In Maryland, the United States District Court ruled that a school resource officer did not use excessive force when he handcuffed and lifted the arm of an unruly special needs student. The fact that an arguably less forceful alternative to gaining control might have existed did not render the force used unreasonable. [J.W. v. Carrier]

Safety Law News for June 5, 2015

  • In Massachusetts, H 447 has been introduced to the Joint Committee on Education.  It requires educators to immediately notify public safety officials when they receive bomb threats.

Safety Law News for June 1, 2015

  • In Oklahoma, the legislature passed and sent to the Governor a law that is designed to protect students from abusive teachers who escape detection by switching schools when they get in trouble. Senate Bill 711 requires a school district to notify the state Board of Education when it decides to fire or retire a teacher for transgressions that could form the basis of a criminal charge.

Safety Law News for May 22, 2015

Safety Law News for May 14, 2015

  • In Arkansas, the Governor has sign into law HB 1583, legislation that extends the jurisdiction of a school resource officer. Now the SRO will have statewide jurisdiction when accompanying students on a school sanctioned event that takes place outside the county in which the school is located.
  • In Idaho, HB 246 has passed that is designed to curb bullying and cyberbullying in Idaho schools. Data showed that one in 10 students have either switched schools or dropped out due to bullying. Under the law, schools are required to train teachers to deal with bullying and require them to intervene when they see it happen. School districts will have to make a yearly report on bullying incidents.
  • In Massachusetts, the Plymouth School Board formally paid tribute to police and firefighters in ensuring safety with plaques recognizing the professional and collegial relationship fostered between the departments in recent years.
  • In North Carolina, the Center for Safer Schools released its 2015 North Carolina School Resource Officer Report. The Report compiles data on the growth of the school resource officer program in the state and contains a survey of the responses of SROs on the scope of their work in maintaining safe campuses.