Senate committee OKs Jones’ school safety bill

Sen. Rick Jones

Sen. Rick Jones

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday approved Sen. Rick Jones’ legislation to help prevent violence in Michigan schools.

“We owe it to every Michigan student that we do everything we can to ensure they have a safe place to learn the skills needed to achieve the American dream,” said Jones, R-Grand Ledge. “This legislation is about safer schools and safer kids. When it comes to protecting our students from harm, law enforcement needs to know about any credible threats against a school. This bill would require they get that type of information when possible.”

Senate Bill 1032 would require anyone who is required to report child abuse or child neglect under the child protection law to also report any credible threat against a school to a law enforcement agency.

Under the bill, a credible threat would be a threat that places a person or group in reasonable fear for their safety.

“Receiving critical information and responding accordingly can save lives,” Jones said. “As a result of my time as a sheriff and as a lawmaker, I know that information can prevent tragedy and even help troubled students get the help that they need.”

SB 1032 is supported by the Michigan Sheriffs Association, Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan and several education groups.

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