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  • Writer's pictureJoanne Jacobs

CA school officials must report threats — or not

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California school officials would be required to report any “perceived threat” of a mass shooting to law enforcement under a bill advancing in the state Legislature, reports CalMatters.

Another bill, which passed the state Senate two days after the Uvalde school massacre, ends mandatory reporting to law enforcement of students who attack, assault or physically threaten a school employee, reports Sarah Weaver in the Daily Caller.

ACLU California Action endorsed the change in a statement:

Once students make contact with law enforcement, they are less likely to graduate high school and more likely to wind up in jail or prison. These harms fall disproportionately on students from marginalized groups: Black, Indigenous, and Latinx students.

“Black students, Latinx students, students of color, and students with disabilities are disproportionately referred to law enforcement, cited, and arrested,” the bill’s sponsor, State Sen. Steven Bradford, told the Daily Caller.

Under SB 1273, administrators and teachers will be allowed to call in police, but will not be required to do so.

So, if these bills become law, a “perceived threat” of a mass shooting would be reported to police, but an actual threat against a teacher, administrator or other school staffer might not be.

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