Friday, April 28, 2017

Fighting in school

In Missouri schools now must report any and all “first degree harassment” or fights to the authorities— if those situations arise during school hours and under a school’s jurisdiction. The 'authorities' include the juvenile office, the police and the prosecutors. They determine whether a student should be charged with a crime or if action needs to be brought in juvenile court regarding the actions of the particular students. It is possible that the student could be sent to a juvenile detention center, charged with a Class E felony and spend up to four years in jail. Under the old law a child could be charged with a misdemeanor and released to their parents.

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