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Safety Law News for May 10, 2018

In Missouri, a non-sworn security officer in the St. Louis County schools was arrested and charged with assault for violating school district policy when he used a Taser on an unarmed middle-school student.  School district policy of the Normandy Schools Collaborative prohibits anyone other than a law enforcement officer from carrying any weapon capable of deadly use on school grounds. 

In Indiana, officials in Lake County, Porter County, and LaPorte County are implementing agreements with local police to give them access to all school buildings using remote keyless entry fobs and swipe-cards.  The memorandum of understanding also calls for each officer to be issued a school ID card.  Some private schools are planning to join the memorandum. 

In South Carolina, the South Carolina House of Representatives unanimously amended the state budget to let retired state workers return to a state job and be exempt from a $10,000 earnings cap on working retirees.  The goal is to ease a statewide shortage of teachers and school resource officers.

In Michigan, the House of Representatives passed a set of school safety initiatives. A bipartisan six-bill package would create a school safety commission, establish statewide safety standards for school buildings, require school-based law enforcement training, mandate reporting between schools and police, grade school performance, and provide funds for upgrades.  See H.B. 5828; H.B. 5829; H.B. 5830; H.B. 5850; H.B. 5851; H.B. 5852

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