Safety Law News for July 21, 2016

  • In Virginia, the legislature has refiled a previously vetoed proposal on school safety.  House Bill 1392 seeks to allow school security officers to carry firearms.  The Governor vetoed the bill in April 2016 because he believes only trained, active law enforcement officials should be authorized to carry firearms in schools.
  • In New York City, teachers and staff in Queens speak openly about the failures of restorative justice.   An 18-year old student arrested on felony charges for assaulting a 14-year-old freshman wasn’t disciplined by school officials. A court order barred him from the school, but he was still allowed to attend by school officials.
  • In Pennsylvania, school officials in the Penn Hills School District have banned students from wearing hoodies in class.  All students may wear them to school, but must put them in lockers or bags once school begins.