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Bill gives teachers the power to use force.

Date: February 3, 2009
By: Alex Rozier
State Capitol Bureau
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Intro: A bill letting teachers use force, including spanking, to protect and to discipline students cleared the House Education Committee Tuesday.

Alex Rozier (ROW-ZEER) has more from the Capitol

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The bill would allow all school employees to forcefully prevent violence against other students. However, it would not protect any school employee, who after protecting a student was accused of sexual harassment.

Rural Southwest Missouri Republican Representative Maynard Wallace introduced the bill.

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Description: It also gives teachers some immunity whenever they are acting on school board policies to prevent violence or to prevent property destruction. I don't want that teacher to stop and think, if I break up this fight, am I going to get sued?
 

A similar bill passed the House last year unanimously, but it died on the Senate floor on the last day of session.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Alex Rozier.


Intro: A bill expanding teachers' power in protecting students and school property cleared a House Committee in Jefferson City.

Alex Rozier (ROW-ZEER) has more from the state capitol.

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A bill that would lift liability on any school employee who uses force in defense of another student passed through a House Education Committee Tuesday.

The employee could face charges if he or she is alleged of sexual harassment.

Rural Southwest Missouri Republican Representative Maynard Wallace sponsored the bill.

 

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Description: We worked on this bill for a couple of years, we've had the education committee, and added several things to it and taken some things apart, but primarily it just gives school boards and school administrations a little more authority in various things that should promote school safety.
 

Last year the House unanimously passed a similar bill, but it died on the Senate floor on the last day of session.

From the state capitol, I'm Alex Rozier.