The United States District Court in Connecticut ruled that two school resource officers were not immune from a civil lawsuit for damages for excessive force, assault and battery, and intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress for tackling and tasing a high school student. [Jackson on Behalf of Z.J. v. City of Middletown].
In Virginia, the Governor signed HB 1924 and SB 829 into law. The laws require educators in the state to develop best practice alternatives to school suspensions. State officials also have created a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and updated School Resource Officer Program Guide.
In South Carolina, school officials in Horry County are looking to hire private armed guards to provide school security instead of contracting with police for school resource officers. The private company, U.S. Security Associates, is an insured, American-owned company that provides private security in the United States.
In Kansas, educators in Topeka are hosting 6th and 7th grade students for a one-week SRO Camp. The camp is a partnership between the Topeka Public Schools and the Topeka Police Department during the summer to give students and officers a fun way to get to know one another.
School Safety Law News – June 19, 2017
Professor of Constitutional and Education Law Pepperdine University School of Law