Safety Law News For January 12, 2016

  • In Florida, a lawmaker has proposed a bill that would require school-resource officers at every public-school campus. The legislation, SB 1368, would require that at least one officer be present at each public school from 30 minutes before classes start until 30 minutes after classes end.
  • In Massachusetts, the City of Fall River is giving its school resource officers certificate training as Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainers. The training teaches the SRO how to assess risk in juveniles experiencing mental health, addiction or other challenges.
  • In New York City, the initial implementation of its new disciplinary policy utilizes warning cards. A student caught on campus with seven baggies of marijuana was handed the student a warning card: “Please bring this card home to your parent(s)/guardian so that you can discuss the matter with them.” The pot was turned over to the NYPD, but the student’s name was listed as “John Doe.”