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House panel hears Representative García bill to protect students officers in school

first_img State Representative Daniela R. García, of Holland, testified before the House Education Reform Committee today on legislation to help ensure the safety of all students and limit response time for school resource officers called to respond to school incidents.García’s legislation addresses a loophole in restraint and seclusion legislation signed into law in 2016, which calls for specific training of teachers, administrators and education personnel in addition to regulations for seclusion and restraint in emergency situations. Her bill ensures school resource officers, who are contracted to a school district from a law enforcement department in the region, are able to utilize their training to effectively resolve incidents that may arise.“Clarity was needed in a state law to make certain our school resource officers were not limited in their response to incidents that occur within a school,” Representative García said. “Currently, an officer may have to respond to a potentially dangerous situation by placing a student under arrest or wait until a second officer responded to the scene to limit exposing the school officer to legal liability. I’m certain neither one of those options are acceptable to parents across Michigan.”The issue was brought to Representative García by local law enforcement and school officials. Testifying with her today was Holland Police Officer Joe Soto and Holland High School Assistant Principal Kevin Griffin.“I was happy to listen to the concerns my local police and school officials had with this law,” García said. “We’ve been able to work quickly to address this issue that will impact many school districts statewide.  Our number one priority has been the safety of students, staff and law enforcement officers, and this bill will help to provide that safety.”HB 5126 remains under consideration of the committee.State Representative Daniela R. García, of Holland, speaks before the House Education Reform Committee in support of her legislation to address a loophole in state restraint and seclusion law pertaining to school resource officers. Joining García were Holland Police Officer Joe Soto (right) and Holland High School Assistant Principal Kevin Griffin. 19Oct House panel hears Representative García bill to protect students, officers in school Categories: Garcia News,Newslast_img

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