The bill in question is SB 1273, “an act to amend Sections 32210 and 48902 of, and to repeal Section 44014 of, the Education Code, relating to school safety.” It was introduced by Democratic State Sen. Steven Bradford and was approved by California’s upper house on May 26 by a vote of 21 in favor and 12 against. Nine Republicans and three Democrats voted against the bill.
The bill passed the state senate just two days after a gunman opened fire on an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, killing 19 children and two adults.
Before the bill was passed, existing law stated that whenever any school official is “attacked, assaulted or physically threatened by any pupil,” the employee in question and any other school employee with direct knowledge of the incident are required to immediately report the incident to relevant law enforcement authorities.
School officials who fail to provide law enforcement with testimony regarding the threats and acts of violence made against them or their co-workers could face a fine “of not less than $500 and not more than $1,000.”
If SB 1273 becomes law by passing in the California Assembly and receiving the signature of the governor, these provisions will be repealed. (Related: Attorney Joseph Tully exposes California’s tarnished justice system in his book, “California: State of Collusion.”)
In a statement made to the Daily Caller, Bradford justified the change because the existing system supposedly led to students experiencing more harm at the hands of law enforcement officials.
“Our existing system has led to alarming disparities in the types of students who are most likely to suffer these harms,” he said. “Black students, Latinx students, students of color and students with disabilities are disproportionately referred to law enforcement, cited and arrested.”
“SB 1273 will reduce law enforcement involvement in schools and give teachers and administrators, who are often best suited to determine the appropriate response, the flexibility and power they need to support students,” continued Bradford. “Teachers and administrators will still be able to call law enforcement if they believe that is the right response to a particular incident, but they will not be required to do so.”
SB 1273 leaves school vulnerable to acts of violence
State Sen. Melissa Melendez is one of nine Republicans in the 40-man state senate who opposed the bill. She called it a “terrifying policy” that would leave schools more vulnerable to acts of mass violence, such as school shootings.
“I can’t believe that just two days after the heartbreaking events in Texas, the State Senate would pass a measure making our children less safe at school,” said Melendez. “Requiring teachers to report threats of violence in the classroom may be the only warning law enforcement has to prevent a future violent attack.”
As an example, Melendez cited Nicholas Cruz – the person responsible for the Stoneman Douglas shooting that killed 17 people. The process for helping students with their behavioral issues did not benefit Cruz.
“The [school district] decided they would use alternative means to deal with Nicholas Cruz’s behavioral issues, and the end result is that he killed 17 people,” said Melendez.
“I don’t think that every time a child misbehaves in school, that you should bring the hammer down on them … discretion certainly makes sense in a lot of cases,” she continued. “However, we have seen an increase in violence at our schools, and in too many cases there are instances where a school and parents or caregivers try their hardest to intervene, to redirect, to use some progressive discipline to get the kid back on track and it doesn’t work.”
Melendez concluded: “The end result is other people’s children die because of it. With this bill, today, you are asking for a repeat of Stoneman Douglas across the state of California.”
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