Bill hopes to deter violence in schools

State Sen. Emil Jones III, D-14th Dis., introduced a measure that passed the Senate that will allow local law enforcement officials to disclose information to school districts about incidents of violence involving students when school is not in session, a

State Sen. Emil Jones III, D-14th Dis., introduced a measure that passed the Senate that will allow local law enforcement officials to disclose information to school districts about incidents of violence involving students when school is not in session, and help prevent retaliation efforts during school hours.

“Our hope is that with this legislation, violent acts will occur less frequently.  By opening up the lines of communication between the officials, everyone will be working with the same information and acts of violence will be easier to prevent. I am motivated to do anything we can, that might help to save another child or prevent another act of violence,” said Jones.

Under Senate Bill 3513, local authorities will be able to release the names of those involved in non-sexual related violent offenses to school officials. Schools can then manage and be prepared for any acts that may occur on school grounds as a result of the first act.

Under current law, police officials were not ethically allowed to release the names of those involved in acts of violence.

 Copyright 2010 Chicago Defender.

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