Safety Law News for April 6, 2018

In Florida, the Alachua City Commission has approved funds to upgrade the firearms used by its school resource officers.  The Sig Sauer MCX rifle had been selected as most suitable for the school environment.  The new rifles will be in the officers’ possession at all times.

In Maryland, the Senate passed SB 1226, a measure to improve school safety.  The proposal was sent to the House of Representatives for its consideration.  Under the legislation, all public schools would be required to have a school resource officer or demonstrate plans for coverage from law enforcement by the start of the next school year.  If enacted, the law would take effect on July 1, 2018. 

In Iowa, the Iowa Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a high school teacher for sexual exploitation under Iowa Code Ann. § 709.15(3)(a)(2).   The court reasoned that substantial evidence established that the teacher (1) sent messages that encouraged the student to enter into an intimate relationship and (2) hugged the student for his own sexual gratification within the meaning of the criminal statute. 

In Alabama, officials of the schools in Guntersville are enacting a new policy to put a full-time officer at every school and to upgrade campus video cameras.

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