The state of California has recently provided additional allowances for violent behavior, as evidenced by the latest bill passed by the state Senate with regards to public education. Specifically, teachers will no longer be obligated to report several different types of dangerous incidents to the police anymore.
The California Senate passed the bill in spite of concerns that safety would be dramatically mitigated as a result of this action. Moreover, the timing of the legislation is less than optimal, given the horrific school shooting that recently unfolded at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.
If the bill ultimately becomes law, students who “willfully disturb any public school or any public school meeting” will no longer face any accountability whatsoever.
According to the author of the bill, Democrat Steven Bradford, “kids should feel comfortable and not traumatized at school,” as reported by The Daily Wire.
The text of the bill is particularly troublesome, as it strips key protections from teachers who may face violent reprisals from students.
Specifically, the bill would repeal the following past requirement that ensured the protection of teachers, which entailed the following: “Whenever any employee of a school district or county superintendent of schools is attacked, assaulted, or physically threatened by any pupil,” the incident was promptly reported to law enforcement. Failure to report an incident could result in fines. However, the legislation eliminates this requirement, which puts teachers more at risk.
In addition, the new legislation requires referral to law enforcement only if firearms or other deadly weapons are brought to school. In multiple other dangerous situations though, students can evade accountability. For instance, students can bring BB guns, razor blades, and box cutters to school without fearing a subsequent referral to authorities, under the guidelines of California’s new bill.
The reason for passing such lenient responses to violent behavior is allegedly due to reducing students’ unfavorable interactions with law enforcement officials.