Safety Law News for August 31, 2017

  • In Texas, Senate Bill 179 will go into effect on September 1, 2017.  The law requires school districts to include cyberbullying in their policies and notify a child’s parents if he or she is a victim or aggressor of bullying.  Schools can punish cyberbullying wherever it occurs if it materially affects the school environment.  And school must collaborate with law enforcement when serious or life-threatening cyberbullying situations arise.
  • In Ohio, the principal at Dempsey Middle School says the school resource officers are an invaluable asset.  The officers teach classes and talk with students about a variety of issues, including health, legal issues, driving, self-defense, and safety.
  • In Indiana, state law authorizes school districts to create their own in-house police department.  Concord Community Schools created its own police department.  Administrators say students and staff already benefit from educational opportunities and increased safety measures from having two dedicated officers on duty.