Criminal charges could plague those students in Missouri who make the poor choice to bully other students. Under a new law, the state has passed the infliction of emotional distress would be a felony. School officials debate an issue of school disciplinary actions vs police and judicial involvement. They worry that the students could face serious legal repercussions and jail time for school misconduct.
Susan Goldammer a lawyer for the Missouri School Boards Association says "This crime was not written with the children in mind, the mandatory reporting laws have forced school districts to apply this to children which are going to be really hard".
Schools across America work hard to reduce police involvement with student misbehavior. Most teachers and school staff members believe that those children who face legal issues will not learn from their mistakes, and will likely be repeat offenders.
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Lake Area News would like to gather information from local teachers and school staff, in regards to how this has affected the job of being a teacher, and the children being a student.
Lake Area News has the opinion that children especially those younger than 12 don't have a clear enough thinking process or a developed brain to understand right from wrong, and to make good choices. Therefore, without knowing the details behind the law, Lake Area News finds it to be a bit unusual to pin a minor under the age of "accountability" for lack of better terms with a felony for normal everyday child behavior. Which most often is resolved between school staff, and parents at home without incident. If teachers, parents, and school staff would weigh in that would be amazing.