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]