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Safety Law News for October 16th

In Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals held that a student, who was called by the school principal to the principal's office, was not in “custody” when he admitted to choking student, and thus, a police officer was not required to give Miranda warnings before speaking with him. (State v. Daniell). 

In Illinois, the Urbana school district is in crisis over its implementation of new discipline policies centered on restorative justice. Six months after unveiling the policy parents, students and staff members are asking for solutions to problems of increased fighting and discipline issues. Teachers are beginning to leave the district.

In Ohio, officials in the Springfield Schools are seeking a property tax hike to pay for additional school security measures. The November ballot proposal will renew the district’s existing 1.35-mill assessment and add a 0.9-mill levy for updating the communication system, replacing classroom doors, and other building enhancements.

In Maryland, the Maryland Safe to Learn Act, enacted in 2017, requires each school to have a coordinator of mental health services. Local schools are making progress coordinating a range of mental health supports, from preventative safety measures to working through behavior incidents. The goal is for each school to have a full-time in-house psychologist.

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